On May 7th, Azure – Microsoft’s cloud computing platform – announced the release of its blockchain app creation service, Azure Blockchain Workbench.
According to the announcement, the service will enable businesses to create bespoke blockchain applications using an automated infrastructure setup.
Matthew Kerner – general manager of Microsoft Azure – said service helps businesses as “developers can focus on application logic, and business owners can focus on defining and validating their use cases.”
Microsoft’s Identity division floated potential off-chain scaling solutions for Bitcoin in February. Moreover, the company has integrated a blockchain-based ID system into its Microsoft Authenticator service.
The tech giant remains enthusiastic about blockchain and aspects of cryptocurrencies despite harsh criticism from the company’s founder, Bill Gates. In February, Gates stated that Bitcoin has “caused deaths in a fairly direct way.” Gates’ criticism continued on May 7th when he told CNBC that the virtual currency was a “greater fool” investment and that he “would short it if he could.”