Editor's Note: This post comes from Kent Brown, Sr. Product Manager for Windows Azure Integration Services.

After six months in public preview, Service Bus support for OASIS Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) version 1.0 has now transitioned to General Availability (GA). AMQP is an open, reliable, and efficient messaging protocol with broad support and both commercial and open source implementations. The addition of AMQP support means that you can leverage the brokered messaging features of Service Bus (queuing and publish/subscribe) from a wide range of platforms -  there are already AMQP client implementations for C#, Java (JMS), C, PHP and Python with Ruby, Perl, and JavaScript clients in the works.

For more information see Scott’s Guthrie’s blog post and this overview article.