Microsoft answers AWS Lambda’s event-triggered serverless apps with Azure Functions

Microsoft announced it was previewing a new service today at its annual Build Developer conference that lets programmers create event-driven triggers without deploying any underlying infrastructure.

From Microsoft’s perspective, it extends their platform as a service letting developers create event triggers in familiar languages — Java, Python, C# and php. It will work in virtually any flavor of cloud you like including Azure, third-party and private and hybrid.

Microsoft is positioning it for Internet of Things, so that when a device or sensor gives off some information, it can trigger an event and make something happen automatically.

Azure Functions demo

If it sounds familiar, it’s because AWS introduced a similar service called Lambda last year at re:Invent and in the tit for tat world of…

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