Microsoft has released Azure Blockchain Development Kit v1.0 as follows:

http://www.eweek.com/development/microsoft-releases-azure-blockchain-development-kit

Microsoft has debuted Version 1.0 of its Azure Blockchain Development Kit, which provides tools to help developers integrate blockchain with a wide range of applications.

The tool kit includes components to connect interfaces, integrate data and systems, and deploy smart contracts and blockchain networks, according to a Nov. 15 post on the Microsoft Azure Blog by Marc Mercuri, principal program manager of blockchain engineering at the company.

“This kit extends the capabilities of our blockchain developer templates and Azure Blockchain Workbench, which incorporates Azure services for key management, off-chain identity and data, monitoring, and messaging APIs into a reference architecture that can be used to rapidly build blockchain-based applications,” wrote Mercuri. “These tools have become the first step for many organizations on their journey to re-invent the way they do business.”