This Monday (10/10/2016) Microsoft announced App Service on Linux in their Azure cloud. This is so big for them and their continuing commitment to Linux on their cloud. In order for them to truly compete with other cloud providers at the hyperscale level (specifically Amazon and AWS) they need to continue to push Linux just as much as they do with Windows and this is a big step in that direction.
Many of the clients I’ve worked with on projects have loved the Web App service in Azure and experienced it through their journey to create cloud based apps. As many of them continue to look to migrate their existing applications to the cloud, they may prefer the front end to be linux based for ease of management or familiarity.
I cannot wait to see what else Microsoft continues to do in their cloud!