Microsoft’s cloud-computing service will offer Oracle’s database and Java tools as an option as the companies cast aside a longstanding rivalry to attract businesses moving their software online. Oracle followed that pact by mending another, more recent rift with salesforce.com in the form of a separate, nine-year partnership.

Microsoft will offer businesses using its Windows Azure service the ability to run Oracle’s widely used database software, application-connecting middleware and Java programming tools, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and Oracle co-President Mark Hurd said late Monday on a conference call to unveil the alliance. Customers are demanding that more of the companies’ products work in tandem as they create Web services that incorporate offerings from both, the executives said.

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