Microsoft’s Azure cloud service has had a rocky journey to where it is today. Its initial focus on delivering PaaS was clearly too early for the rest of the industry, and it was only a pivot to hosting IaaS that gave it the users it needed to be successful. Still, Azure’s PaaS features aren’t going away. In fact, Microsoft continues to develop Azure as a platform for developers.
Earlier this week, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, explained how developers could take advantage of Azure’s latest PaaS features, with a focus on using existing .Net skills in the cloud. One key element of his talk was a look at building apps on Azure Functions, Microsoft’s main serverless compute offering.