Bitcoin [BTC]: Microsoft Azure’s blockchain leader faces backlash after 2015 interview criticizing BTC resurfaces

Twitter and its users have been known for their unforgiving nature, often being the quickest to connect new advancements with old news. Concurrent to this trend, the crypto-verse had been outraged after Microsoft’s Marley Gray aired his unpopular views on Bitcoin’s [BTC] future, back on December 14, 2015.

Gray, who now leads Microsoft Azure’s Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) initiative, in an interview with Ripple had said,

“Because this is just the beginning. Right now we have Bitcoin, which is this public network. There will be people out there who will tell you that you need to be on the Bitcoin blockchain. We disagree.”

He had also remarked that he “didn’t see Bitcoin [BTC] going anywhere”. Further, while he dismissed the idea of BTC’s inevitable rise, he said,

“But Bitcoin served an important purpose. It proved that the technology can work. But it’s just one chain. We’re barely scratching the surface. There will be many, many chains—chains for swaps, chains for bonds. You could plug and play various consensus algorithms based on the products that exist on that chain.”

Almost three years since the interview, Gray has gained some negative publicity in the crypto-community. Not only is Microsoft heavily involved in the crypto-space, but Gray himself currently holds the position of Head of Blockchain. One Twitter user, @ibankbitcoins, expressed his concerns over the same, saying,

“This is the Microsoft guy, Marley Grey, that said bitcoin ain’t going anywhere in 2016, now he is the head of blockchain at Microsoft azure? What? How can you let someone with 0 foresight leading innovation? “

While the tweet has reignited the discussion involving Microsoft’s roadmap in the cryptocurrency space under Gray’s leadership, several users were speculating that Gray must have had a change in opinion. Although the technology veteran has not commented on his recent views on crypto, Microsoft is working on registering patents and trademarks like other non-financial companies such as Facebook and Nike.

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