"Microsoft is beefing up efforts to turn blockchain shared transactional-ledger technology into an Azure cloud service."
Microsoft's Azure Blockchain As a Service Program Gains Momentum - NASDAQ.com
BitBeat: Microsoft to Offer Ethereum-Based Services on Azure - MoneyBeat - WSJ
Blog | Microsoft Azure /tag/blockchain
"Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.
These apps run on a custom built blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property. This enables developers to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract) and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk."