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Microsoft announces industry clouds for finance, manufacturing, and nonprofits

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Microsoft has announced a trio of new industry clouds as it doubles down on efforts to support companies that require sector-specific tools.

The tech titan debuted Microsoft Cloud for health care last May before launching it in general availability a few months later. Last month, the company announced Microsoft Cloud for retail, which it today revealed will hit public preview in March. Now Microsoft has announced it’s rolling out Microsoft Cloud for financial services, manufacturing, and nonprofits in the next few months.

While sector-specific offerings may seem like a marketing ploy to sell the same cloud to different industries, Microsoft is pitching a number of differentiated tools, including “unique templates, APIs, and additional