Along with having 54 data center regions—including the first public cloud to operate on the African continent—Azure has "more certifications than any other public cloud out there. We have over 90 compliance certifications," Nadella said. "Why is that important? It's because you have to meet the real-world needs—regulated industries, data sovereignty needs, operational sovereignty needs. You need to be able to meet the world's complexity with what you build, so that it really enables all of you as developers to be able to build with less friction."
Additionally, "we're also building out Azure as an open platform," Nadella said. "Windows and Linux is first class, .NET and Java are first class, SQL and Postgres are first class. We have Kubernetes workloads, we have Red Hat OpenShift workloads, we have workloads from VMware. We really want to make sure that every layer of the stack, again, meets the needs of developers."