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windowsazure1Software developers, want to make sure your Windows Azure logins are extra double secure? Well, now you can.

Microsoft is continuing its push to make it easier to create secure cloud offerings by incorporating multi-factor authentication into its Windows Azure platform. That means developers can now build applications that incorporate multi-factor security, make VPNs more secure, and secure cloud applications like Office 365 and Dynamics CRM.

Users can be authenticated through a mobile app, an automated phone call, or a text message with an authentication code.

The service costs $2 per user per month, or $2 for every 10 authentications. For more information on how to set up multi-factor authentication, check out this video from Microsoft’s Channel 9.

That brings Microsoft in line with Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine, which already offer multi-factor authentication. Of course, while this helps prevent problems that arise from users losing their passwords or choosing a password that’s insecure, it won’t help fix security holes on the server side.

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