Google has announced plans to build an “app store for the internet”, with Microsoft’s Azure offering an alternative platform.
The tech giant has revealed that it has formed a “web app” for “the internet” which will compete with Amazon’s and Apple’s respective platforms.
The “app” will be “free, open and open source”.
Microsoft has been heavily criticised in the past by some in the tech industry for its own failure to build its own “cloud” services, and has long had a strong partnership with the US internet giant, which was recently purchased by Google.
The move is likely to be welcomed by the Microsoft ecosystem, which has been struggling to make up for years with the loss of its “big four” cloud services.
The web app, which will be released in 2018, will be a “platform for web services” that will be built on the Azure platform, according to the announcement, with the web service being an open source project that will allow developers to add functionality and functionality to it.
“This platform is the first of its kind in the world,” Google’s chief operating officer Marc Lore says.
“We are building it to scale the cloud and we are building an app store for that platform.
It will be free, open, and open to anyone.”
The move is a step towards Google’s stated aim of being a “universal platform” for the creation and distribution of web services.
Google will also build “customers” for this platform, as well as providing “an open-source developer platform” which could help develop services that Google does not already provide.
The move follows the launch of a new Azure cloud service, which Google says will be able to serve “as many web services as needed” on the platform.
Microsoft has also been developing its own Azure platform for web applications, and is said to be working on an app for that same platform.
Microsoft and Google are “committed to building a better, more secure internet”, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
“Today, we’re announcing a new way to deliver online services, using the cloud to help protect people and secure our networks,” he said.
“It will be an exciting new era for the cloud.
I can’t wait to see what you build with it.”