For the past 5 years or so, Microsoft has been working with companies such as Red Hat and VMware, and enterprises such as JPMorgan Chase to develop an Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) standard. That standard was announced in October 2012, but since, Microsoft has been working on AMQP support in Windows Azure Service Bus.

Listen to Clemens Vasters and David Ingham talk about the monumental release. Not quite as exciting as the Xbox One reveal, but exciting nonetheless: