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Windows Azure Media Services simplifies the creation, management, and delivery of media to almost any device including Microsoft Xbox, Windows Phone handsets and Windows PCs, as well as non-Microsoft platforms such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
Content providers and media partners can take advantage of the cost benefits and cloud capacity found with Windows Azure, and provide customers massive amounts of digital media in the variety of formats they require, when they require it. Windows Azure Media Services’ ready-to-use services allow customers to simplify the creation of complex media workflows built on the Microsoft Media Platform and third-party technologies.
Scott Guthrie, vice president in the Server and Tools Division, “One of the unique aspects of Windows Azure Media Services is that all of its features are exposed using a consistent HTTP REST API. This is true both for the media services we've built, as well as the partner delivered media services that are enabled through it. This makes it incredibly easy to automate media workflows and integrate the combined set of services within your applications and media solutions. Like the rest of Windows Azure.” See his post Announcing Windows Azure Media Services .
The announcement was at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2012 conference. See Microsoft Announces Comprehensive Media Services Platform and Architectural Guidance for the Cloud.
To learn more about Windows Azure Media Services and sign-up for the upcoming Preview, please click here.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation