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Microsoft Adds Patent Suit Protections For Cloud Customers

Offer will help Microsoft distinguish itself from rivals in fast-growing internet-based computing market.

Microsoft Corp. will help cloud customers fend off patent lawsuits and expand coverage of related litigation costs, seeking to distinguish its services from rivals in the fast-growing market for internet-based computing.

As more companies host their applications and services on Microsoft's Azure and other cloud providers, they are increasingly becoming the target of lawsuits from companies seeking to make money by claiming patent infringement.