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Microsoft Introduces Azure Blockchain Development Kit for Ethereum

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Microsoft has officially released the Azure Blockchain Development Kit for the Ethereum blockchain as an extension of the technology company’s source-code editor, Visual Studio Code.

Chris Pietschmann, founder of Microsoft’s Build Azure website, disclosed that the kit will help improve services for developers building blockchain applications through the Azure Blockchain Service or Ethereum network.  

The extension will also allow developers to take advantage of open-source blockchain tools such as Solidity and Truffle.

The GitHub-hosted offering can be supported on both Windows 10 and macOS.

On May 2, the U.S.-based firm launched the Azure Blockchain Service to simplify matters for businesses in developing applications.

According to Microsoft’s press release, the new offering is programmed to deploy a fully managed consortium network and offer built-in governance for common management tasks such as adding new members, setting permissions, and authenticating user applications.

Quorum, J.P. Morgan’s enterprise-focused version of the Ethereum blockchain, is the first ledger supported in Azure Blockchain Service as part of the investment banking company’s partnership with Microsoft.