Addressing delegates at the Professional Developers Conference earlier this week, Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft, unveiled the new Azure Services Platform.
The new development kit allows firms to create on-web or in-cloud applications that enhance business process performance at on site, the Microsoft SharePoint blog announced.
Among the areas covered by Mr Ozzie included using Azure to enhance SQL Services, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Services and Microsoft SharePoint Services.
In a keynote address, Microsoft iterated its commitment to and investment in the development of cloud applications that can be develop and customised to suit enterprise requirements.
Such services could be used to carry out remote file conversion and image conversion, as well as developing pooled enterprise business process software.
"With the flexibility to use familiar developer tools like Visual Studio, developers will be able to rapidly build applications that utilize SharePoint capabilities as building blocks for their own applications," the SharePoint Services team said.
Microsoft describes Azure as being an "on-ramp" to the cloud, allowing firms to maximise the potential of internet-connected applications, as well as providing additional functionality to existing software architecture.
It explains that developers can take existing knowledge of Microsoft suites – such as the creation of .NET imaging services – and use it to create new cloud-based functionalities.