Posted by Kerry Godes
Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

Windows Azure Media Services is now generally available for customers looking for a platform to create, manage, and distribute media in the cloud. With this new service, businesses can now quickly build a media distribution solution that can stream audio and video to Windows, iOS, Android, and other devices and platforms.

As Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President of Windows Azure, announced yesterday, Windows Azure Media Services enables you to easily scale your business as it grows, and pay only for what you use. “What makes this so exciting is that this new cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) service helps our customers to quickly build great, scalable, end-to-end media solutions that will allow them to stream video content to a wide variety of hardware and platforms,” Guthrie said.

Whether building a media service for delivering training videos to employees, streaming video content for a website, or building premium video-on-demand services like Hulu or Netflix, with Windows Azure Media Services you can stream video to HTML5, Flash, Silverlight, Windows 8, iPad, iPhone, Android, Xbox, Windows Phone and other clients using a wide variety of streaming formats.

Prior to yesterday’s general availability announcement, the Windows Azure Media Services preview already delivered live and on-demand video streaming at last summer’s London Olympics. You can read more about that here. And be sure to check out the Windows Azure Media Services site as well as the Windows Azure Media Service Dev Center for tutorials, how-to articles, blogs, and lots more.