Microsoft's tracking of the Iowa caucuses is an early fail

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Maybe we should stick with the hand-written ballots. 

The website tracking the Republican caucus results in Iowa experienced intermittent outages on Monday, a stumble for what had been a highly touted new system from Microsoft on its Azure cloud computing platform.

The reason for the outage was not immediately clear. People that tried to access the site were met with a messages: “The service is unavailable.”

The new system had been lauded as a significant leap forward in technology for a process that is often done with paper ballots sorted by hand.  Read more…

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