Building Ethereum applications just became a whole lot easier. This month, Microsoft announced that developers can now quickly create and deploy Ethereum-based dApps on Azure, their cloud-computing platform. Using their Azure Blockchain Development Kit (BDK), developers can simply log onto Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code source code-editor to create smart contracts with Solidity.
The Azure extension can be used with Windows 10 and MacOS operating systems. An open source initiative, the Asure BDK is already enabling several well-known companies to track their products through the supply chain. Interested parties can view its development on GitHub.
Not incidentally, Microsoft has also partnered with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance to help companies design and create their own cryptocurrency tokens. Both of these initiatives are getting kudos from Ethereum-founder Vitalik Buterin.
Microsoft has embraced the open community of blockchain developers and has brought the best of their cloud development tooling to the developers building the next wave of decentralized applications. With Azure Blockchain Services and Ethereum integrations for tools like VS Code, Microsoft is demonstrating its commitment to open blockchain development.
By being highly proactive, Microsoft seeks to take the lead among cloud providers on using the blockchain.