Microsoft Azure Executive: Blockchain Inflection Point Emerging, on the Verge of ‘Something Huge’


  • Blockchain adoption has increased exponentially over the past couple of years, says Microsoft’s Yorke Rhodes
  • Rhodes also believes that Opera’s recent decision to integrate a wallet solution into its native browser interface will soon become an industry standard.

Many tech enthusiasts may recall that back in the mid-90’s the internet was not embraced by the masses as readily as it is today. In a similar vein, Microsoft’s Yorke Rhodes — who is the Principal Program Manager (PM) of the Azure Blockchain project — now feels that as we move into the future, blockchain will start to attract the interest of more and more businesses owing to its ability to streamline complex operational/biz processes.

Additionally, during his address at the recently concluded Ethereal Summit in NY, Rhodes stated that the stage is now set for Blockchain to take-off in a big way across the globe. He then went on to add:

“So we’re at this tipping point [where blockchain tech is on the verge of something big] in my view.”

More on the Matter

Elaborating on his stance regarding various consumer-facing technologies, Rhodes stated that a host of these offerings are slowly-but-surely demystifying the blockchain arena and helping the public become more aware of what the real potential of this technology is.

In this regard, Rhodes cited the example of Opera — a highly popular web browser that recently integrated a decentralized crypto wallet offering into its native UI. Similarly, many of our readers may also be aware that Samsung’s flagship S10 smartphone too comes with an in-built wallet.

“The onboarding experience into Web3, through the Opera browser, is actually quite painless, and that is a really important thing about how these technologies get in the hands of consumers,”.

Lastly, on the subject, Rhodes stated that he is quite confident that Opera’s latest integration decision will soon become an industry standard and that most enterprise application development activities will henceforth be “consumer driven” (to a very large degree).

Final Take

In closing out this piece, it should be highlighted that Rhodes has been working within the blockchain/crypto space for nearly half a decade now. Through his work with Microsoft, he hopes to help “large enterprises and other big name institutions cross the adoption chasm that they are currently caught in.”

He then went on to add:

“It’s just like when people were scared of the Internet in the 1990’s.”

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