Re: I'm saying this for years...
Agreed. Fundamental design problem with Azure...they have to use MS products (...designed years ago). They also outsource the running of it I believe.
Knock me if you will but we are moving to Google Business Apps. They've built from the ground up and avoided proprietary. www.google.com is relaible and powerful. They looked at Cisco/HP and thought why do we need all that functionality, licence complications and cost so they built their own switching firmware based on white box hardware (*cough* shipped by the pallet direct from China).
I switched to gmail from outlook a year ago. I look at Outlook in horror now when I passing a colleague. I admit Google's UI designs can be odd and I worry someone with a beard will make more silly.. sorry cool ...decisions but overall I can always move on. Not risking much a £33pa per user. Switch no switch off as Mr Me-agi says.