Computing giant Microsoft is rolling out a toolkit that will let its enterprise users build on the Ethereum protocol.
Thanks to a partnership with Ethereum collective ConsenSys, business users of Microsoft's cloud-based Azure service will be able to access Ethereum Blockchain-as-a-Service, or 'E BaaS'.
The sandbox initiative, announced today, will be unveiled on 10th November at Ethereum's DEVCON1 event in London.
Marley Gray, Microsoft's director of technology strategy for its US Financial Services, said in a statement:
"We’ll have developer tools and applications so [enterprises] can begin to understand the power behind blockchain technology," Gray said.
ConsenSys, headquartered in New York, is a collective building tools and DApps (decentralised apps) on Ethereum – which launched in "bare bones" form in July – to make the protocol user-friendly.
The brainchild of Ethereum Foundation co-founder Joseph Lubin, it emerged from stealth in August. More recently, it formed ConsenSys Enterprise for large-scale blockchain solutions.
While Azure customers will be able to fashion their own company-specific applications, DApps from ConsenSys range from EtherPoker and EtherSign (document signing) to HunchGame, which rewards users for accurately predicting celebrity gossip.
Andrew Keys, director of enterprise business development and communications at ConsenSys said:
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