Anyone Can Now Start a Blockchain Thanks to Chain, Microsoft and IC3

“Microsoft believes the potential for blockchain technology to digitally transform the financial industry is enormous.”

Always wanted to deploy your own blockchain but didn’t know how to start? Well, good news! Chain Core Developer Edition, a free and open source platform, has been released by Chain, a firm whose production platform is already being used to launch products for the payments, banking, capital markets, and insurance industries.

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Developers can download and install Chain Core to start or join a blockchain network, build financial applications, and access in-depth technical documentation and tutorials. Users have the option to run their prototypes on a test network, or ‘testnet’, operated by Chain, Microsoft, and the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3), a collaboration of Cornell University, Cornell Tech, UC Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Technion.

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“We are thrilled to give developers everywhere open access to Chain’s platform,” said Ryan Smith, CTO of Chain. “Chain Core Developer Edition provides a seamless end-to-end experience to design, build, and test prototypes on a system we created from the ground up to suit the scalability and security requirements of the financial industry.”

“Microsoft believes the potential for blockchain technology to digitally transform the financial industry is enormous.” said Marley Gray, Principal Architect PM and Azure Blockchain Engineering at Microsoft. “We are pleased to support the operation of the Chain testnet on Microsoft Azure Blockchain as a Service and look forward to collaborating with the ecosystem to enable financial institutions to adopt distributed ledger technology.”

“We are delighted to be one of the operators of the Chain test environment,” said Professor Andrew Miller, an Associate Director of IC3 and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “We have collaborated with Chain on protocol design and encourage their approach to helping developers build secure blockchain applications.”

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