Microsoft does seem to be gaining ground. About 21 percent of chief information officers chose Azure as their "preferred cloud provider," up slightly from 20 percent a year ago, according to a survey of 112 CIOs issued this week by investment bank and asset management firm Piper Jaffray.
The company still trails chief rival Amazon Web Services, which was the preferred provider of 35 percent of CIOs in the same survey. But Azure is pulling ahead of Google's cloud platform, which was the favorite of only 7 percent of CIOs, down from 12 percent a year ago, despite a heavy marketing push from Google.
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