Azure updates

Learn about important Azure product updates, roadmap, and announcements. Subscribe to notifications to stay informed.

Products

    August 2019

    Aug 7

    Azure Cosmos DB Python SDK Version 4 is now in preview

    Version 4 of the Azure Cosmos DB Python SDK is now available and includes usability updates to the object model for a better developer experience as well as the ability to use partition keys to scale non-partitioned containers.

    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Features
    Aug 1

    Azure Dedicated Host in Preview

    A new Azure service that provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines. The server is dedicated to your organization and workloads.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Azure Dedicated Host
    • Compliance
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Security
    • Services

    July 2019

    Jul 31

    The latest update to Azure Sphere (in preview) is now available in the retail feed

    The latest Azure Sphere preview quality release is now available via the Retail feed. This update fixes a bug that prevented the deletion of production-signed temporary images. Important—Update your development devices to the latest release no later than August 5, 2019.

    • Azure Sphere
    • Operating System
    Jul 29

    New features added to Data Factory Mapping Data Flows making schema drift handling easy

    New features added to the ADF service this week make handling flexible schemas and schema drift scenarios super easy when construction Mapping Data Flows for data transformation at scale

    • Data Factory V2
    • Features
    Jul 29

    Azure marketplace charges are now available in Azure Cost Management for Pay-As-You-Go customers!

    We are excited to announce a preview release of Azure marketplace charges within our Cost Analysis tool for Pay-As-You-Go customers. As a part of this preview you can now analyze your marketplace charges alongside your Azure service charges within Cost Analysis and reconcile your Azure marketplace invoice using both Cost Analysis and a new usage csv download API.

    • Cost Management
    • Features
    Jul 24

    Azure Database for MySQL support for MySQL 8.0 is in preview

    Azure Database for MySQL now provides preview support for the latest major version of MySQL, version 8.0.

    • Azure Database for MySQL
    • Features
    Jul 24

    Azure Monitor for containers—Prometheus integration is now in preview

    Prometheus integration with Azure Monitor for containers is now available in preview.

    • Azure Monitor
    • Management
    • Open Source
    Jul 24

    Linux support on Azure Functions Premium plan

    The Azure Functions Premium plan preview is now expanded to Linux hosting and custom Docker containers.

    • Azure Functions
    • Features
    • Open Source
    • Services
    Jul 24

    SQL Server CTP 3.2 big data cluster is now in preview

    Big data clusters, one of the hero features for SQL Server 2019, is now available in preview. It combines SQL Server with Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System for a unified data platform that enables analytics and AI over all data, relational and non-relational.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Jul 24

    Azure Database Migration Service—Integration with Azure Migrate v2

    The integration of Azure Data Migration tools and Azure Database Migration Service with the Azure Migrate hub is now available in preview.

    • Azure Database Migration Service
    • Features
    Jul 24

    Azure Container Registry—Buildpacks support in Tasks is now in preview

    Use Container Registry Tasks to assemble Buildpacks and base stack tracking for OS and framework patching.

    • Container Registry
    • Features
    Jul 18

    Microsoft adds new features to IPv6 support for Azure VNets

    IPv6 for Azure VNETs enables you to expand into the growing mobile and IoT markets with your Azure-based applications and to address IPv4 depletion in your own networks.

    • Virtual Network
    • Services
    Jul 17

    Update 19.07 for Azure Sphere public preview now available for evaluation

    The Azure Sphere public preview 19.07 quality release is now available via the Retail Evaluation feed. The Retail Evaluation feed will provide the new OS for 14 days before we release it to the Retail feed. It is meant for backwards compatibility testing.

    • Azure Sphere
    • Operating System
    Jul 17

    One Click Integration with Stream Analytics from Event Hubs

    With just 1 click, Event Hubs customers can easily visualize incoming streaming data and start writing Stream Analytics query from the Event Hubs portal.

    • Event Hubs
    • Azure Stream Analytics
    • Features
    Jul 17

    Stream Analytics supports output to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2

    Azure Stream Analytics now offers output adapter for egress to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2.

    • Azure Stream Analytics
    • Azure Data Lake Storage
    • Features
    Jul 17

    Authenticate Stream Analytics egress to Azure Blob Storage using managed identities

    Now you can authenticate Stream Analytics egress to Azure Blob Storage using managed identities.

    • Azure Stream Analytics
    • Blob Storage
    • Features
    Jul 16

    Introducing UTF-8 support for Azure SQL Database

    Support for the widely used UTF-8 character encoding is now available as preview in Azure SQL Database, as a database-level or column-level default encoding for Unicode string data.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters
    Jul 15

    Cognitive Services Form Recognizer prebuilt capability

    Form Recognizer learns the structure of your forms to intelligently extract text and data.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Features
    Jul 15

    A new set of Azure SDKs is now available in preview

    A new set of libraries for working with Azure Storage, Cosmos DB, Key Vault, and Event Hubs in Java, Python, JavaScript/TypeScript, and C# is now available in preview.

    • Event Hubs
    • Key Vault
    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Storage Accounts
    • Open Source
    • SDK and Tools
    Jul 15

    Proximity placement groups are now in preview

    A proximity placement group is an Azure Virtual Machine logical grouping capability that you can use to decrease network latency among VMs.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features

    Resources

    Download the quarterly Azure Updates retrospective.

    2019 Q2

    Read the Azure blog for the latest news.

    Blog

    Tell us what you think of Azure and what you want to see in the future.

    Provide feedback

    Azure is available in more regions than any other cloud provider.

    Check product availability in your region