Microsoft is making available a new 'serverless compute' service, called Azure Functions, and is making its Platform-as-a-service offering, Azure Service Fabric, generally available.

Microsoft is making available a preview of a Azure Functions, a new "serverless compute" service to compete with AWS Lambda.

Microsoft is open sourcing the runtime for Azure Functions, said Microsoft's chief of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie, during the Day 2 keynote at Microsoft's Build 2016 developer conference, so that developers can host functions on Azure, in their datacenter or on other clouds.

Azure Functions is well-suited to Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, as it allows developers handle tasks that respond to events. It also lends itself to use in Web and mobile and big data, too, officials said. The service automatically scales out to meet demand, so that it only charges for the period of time when functions run...

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