Today Microsoft Announced great plans about Hadoop adoption to deliver enterprise class Apache Hadoop based distributions on both Windows Server and Windows Azure.
See the official Announcements at:-
Microsoft will provide simplified download, installation and configuration experience of several Hadoop related technologies i.e.
The Hadoop based service for Windows Azure will allow any developer or user to submit and run standard Hadoop jobs directly on the Azure cloud with a simple user experience. Therefore you should be able to take any standard Hadoop job and deploy it on our platform, without considering what platform you have developing your Hadoop jobs.
What is for developers:
What is for end users:
Released today: New connectors to enable customers, work effectively with both structured and unstructured data.