by Nuno Menezes
It seems that Microsoft is truly going all-in with blockchain technology. On March 30, 2016, ConsenSys announced at //Build, in San Francisco, that it has collaborated with Microsoft to integrate the Ethereum code base, Solidity, into Visual Studio as a Decentralized Application project type so millions of developers can easily write blockchain applications. This partnership could become one of the most significant advancements in the blockchain space in 2016.
With single-click deployment of Ethereum blockchains on the Microsoft Azure cloud available, and integrated development in Visual Studio, smart contract and decentralized application developers can get to work on their applications immediately without having to deal with the complexity of first standing up a development blockchain.
Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum and Founder of ConsenSys
Visual Studio is a rich, integrated development environment for creating applications for Windows, Android, and iOS, as well as modern web applications and cloud services. Visual Studio is to computer programmers as Microsoft Word is to writers and journalists; so, this partnership will streamline the development of Ethereum-based applications and make it easier for developers to experiment with building decentralized applications.
The integration of Solidity in Visual Studio combines “the power of decentralized applications” with “the most powerful development platform available.”
Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise explained,
Microsoft has been an excellent partner of ConsenSys and evangelist for Ethereum. Solidity integration in Visual Studio will serve as another step towards drastically reducing the barriers to entry of rapid blockchain prototyping for millions of developers.
ConsenSys is a venture production studio that specializes in building core components, decentralized applications (DApps), enterprise solutions and various developer tools for blockchain ecosystems, focused primarily on Ethereum. It has been collaborating with Microsoft on this integration for some time now. Their intention is to enable developers to rapidly build smart contract-based applications for the public Ethereum blockchain, as well as private and consortium blockchain deployments based on Ethereum.
Making it easier for developers to build applications on top of Ethereum through developer tools has always been one of our primary interests and focuses, and the integration of Solidity in Visual Studio will help bring Ethereum to a very large developer community. I am looking forward to seeing the results that this collaboration will bring.
Vitalik Buterin, Inventor of Ethereum