Leap Day brings down Microsoft’s Azure cloud service

Leap Day brings down Microsoft's Azure cloud serviceMicrosoft has been running its Azure cloud services since 2009, touting the technology as a robust and secure way to built and deploy cloud-based applications, Web sites, and other technology that can be available to users anywhere they can get Internet access — and without having to worry about complicated stuff like VPNs and secure tunnels back to corporate HQ. However, on Wednesday the service experienced a 12-hour outage thanks to one of the most embarrassing bugs a programmer can make: Azure didn’t handle February 29 leap day correctly.