Microsoft’s open source Dapr hits prime time to help developers embrace microservices

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Microsoft today announced that its open source, platform-agnostic Distributed Application Runtime (Dapr) is now production ready, with v1.0 available on GitHub 16 months after it was first pushed into community development as an alpha project.

The past decade has been marked by a slow but steady shift from monolithic on-premises software to the cloud and a microservices-based software architecture, led by companies such as Uber and Netflix. Applications built on smaller, function-based components that connect via APIs can be easier to develop and maintain, with individual developers taking responsibility for a single service (or “microservice”).

Although Dapr can be used in a self-hosted environment on a local machine, it is pitched as a