Microsoft fires back at AWS with Azure Functions service and more

Microsoft Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie has fired back at Amazon in the ongoing public cloud wars, announcing a set of new capabilities for Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

Guthrie showed off a variety of new capabilities for Azure during a keynote address on Thursday, the second day of Microsoft’s Build developer conference. The features  include a new Azure Functions service, which lets developers set up functions that activate whenever a particular event happens.

Developers don’t have to set up the compute capabilities necessary to run the function, either: Azure handles all of that for them.

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