Microsoft launched its Azure Space initiative on Tuesday — a set of products in the space- and satellite-adjacent connectivity and computing sectors of the cloud market — in partnership with SpaceX, according to a press release published on Microsoft's official blog.

Azure Space isn't a service exclusive to the space industry. It also offers private and public company customers in energy, government, agriculture, and telecommunications markets, reports ZDNet. Additionally, the initiative can assist any customer with needs relating to remote-access bandwidths.

The primary rival of Microsoft — AWS — announced its strategy for the space industry with a space unit called Aerospace and Satellite Solutions, in June of 2020. The rival also created a satellite connection service — called AWS Ground Station — in addition to a satellite venture called Project Kuiper, which vyes with SpaceX's Starlink and other providers of satellite networking.

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