Microsoft is closing its Azure Blockchain service on September 10 and will not accept new distributions that will go into effect immediately without any official explanation.
According to the website, the main enterprise customers who use the Azure Blockchain are J.P. Morgan, GE Aviation, Singapore Airlines, Starbucks, and Xbox.
It was announced in a major post on Microsoft’s documentation page on Monday, in which all existing customers have been advised to move to alternative services. The only suggestion was a quorum service for the ConsenSys blockchain, and ConsenSys founder and CEO Joseph Lubin welcomed refugees from Azure:
“Our growing relationship with Microsoft helps organizations leverage ConsenSys Quorum and Quorum customer support to provide users with an enterprise blockchain service that can be easily configured and deployed.”
The impending shutdown attracted more public attention on May 12 on Twitter from Azure Architect Tom Kerkhov.
Microsoft Azure blockchain has been around for six years and was developed from a sandbox service on the Ethereum platform in 2015 in partnership with ConsenSys before offering it as a full preview of Blockchain-as-a-Service or BaaS in late 2019. Microsoft’s original goal for Azure was to create a marketplace Certified blockchain gives clients an “opportunity to discover blockchain technology and value-added services.”
Although the service will not accept new distributions, Microsoft has yet to remove the Azure page to invite new users to sign up for free.
Microsoft has sent mixed messages about its stance on cryptocurrency and blockchain, with President Brad Smith saying earlier this year that the multinational company is not interested in using Bitcoin. However, at the end of March, the company ran an online survey asking customers about the likelihood of Bitcoin being used in purchases from the Xbox Game Store.
It is one of the first major blockchain solutions for companies to close, but is unlikely to end the commercial adoption of blockchains with IBM, ConsenSys, Hyperledger, Amazon and Huawei providing alternative solutions to enterprises.