- Microsoft closes Azure Blockchain Service on September 10.
- The company recommends customers to jump to other services.
- ConsenSys Quorum Blockchain Service welcomes Azure users.
Microsoft quietly closes Azure blockchain on September 10, without providing necessary information to their users, leaving customers confused.
Furtherly, Microsoft has stopped accepting new signups whereas they have given four months for their users switching to alternate service.
Moreover, the public assumes lack of customers and increase in cost is the reason for sudden turn off. Corporate customers incorporate J.P. Morgan, GE Aviation, Singapore Airlines, Starbucks, and Xbox.
ConsenSys Quorum Blockchain service welcomes Azure service migrants and Joseph Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys stated
“Extending our relationship with Microsoft helps organizations take advantage of ConsenSys Quorum and Quorum customer support to offer users an enterprise-grade managed blockchain service that can be easily set-up and deployed.”
Azure architect Tom Kerhove raised awareness of the upcoming closure on Twitter on May 12. Besides, Microsoft has also given a migrant guide for their customers.
Looks like Azure Blockchain Service is no longer a thinghttps://t.co/HX0aFYkU3I
Kudos to @TechMike2kX for finding out.
— Tom Kerkhove ☁️ (@TomKerkhove) May 12, 2021
Microsoft’s initial aim for Azure, to create a certified blockchain marketplace which allows customers to “discover blockchain-technologies and value-added services.”
Additionally, Microsoft has been sending mixed signals about its interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain whereas at the start of this year, Brad smith said that the multinational is not interested even a bit about Bitcoin.
However, at the end of March, the company conducted an online poll for adding Bitcoin as payment option for Xbox to customers.
This is one of the first major firm blockchain solutions to shut its doors, but it is unlikely to be the end of commercial blockchain adoption, with IBM, ConsenSys, Amazon, Hyperledger, and Huawei all providing alternative enterprise-ready solutions.
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