Microsoft Adds 5 New Blockchain Partners to Azure

Tech giant Microsoft has added five new services to its blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) solution.

AccessTimeIconMar 15, 2016 at 3:52 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 12:10 p.m. UTC
10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
May 29-31, 2024 - Austin, TexasThe biggest and most established global hub for everything crypto, blockchain and Web3.Register Now

Tech giant Microsoft has added five new services to its Azure blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) solution, including decentralized prediction market Augur and Ethereum startup Slock.it.

Other new additions to its blockchain testbed, announced in October, include custom blockchain development platform Lisk; digital asset platform BitShares; and alternative blockchain Syscoin. BitPay, Eris Industries and Factom are among a number of previously announced partners.

In a blog post, Microsoft director of technology strategy Marley Gray sought to position the company’s blockchain offerings as representing a diversity of the technologies currently available in the market.

The news follows notable announcements from Augur, which launched its public beta yesterday, and Slock.it, which saw its preferred blockchain technology, Ethereum, launch a production-ready implementation after years in development.

For the Azure platform, the additions are the latest that find Microsoft working toward the creation of a "certified blockchain marketplace", that could soon see previously announced partners pass more stringent vetting.

For more on the BaaS service, read our full interview with Gray.

Microsoft image via Shutterstock

Disclosure

Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by Block.one; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk offers all employees above a certain salary threshold, including journalists, stock options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.


Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to consensus.coindesk.com to register and buy your pass now.


Read more about