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    July 2016

    Jul 13

    General availability: Two new Azure regions

    Two new Azure regions are generally available to customers in the United States and across the globe: West US 2 and West Central US.

    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters

    June 2016

    Jun 28

    Point-in-time restore retention for Standard tier extended to 35 days

    For Azure SQL Database, all Standard-tier databases and Standard-tire elastic database pools now have 35 days of retention built in, at no extra charge.

    • Compliance
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Jun 9

    Azure Search S3 and S3 High Density tiers in public preview, and Basic tier generally available

    Azure Search helps developers build rich, first-class search experiences into their applications.

    • Azure Search
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Jun 9

    Generally available: Azure Redis Cache Premium tier in India and Canada

    The Azure Redis Cache Premium tier is enterprise ready. It can be used as a cache and to persist data for resiliency against potential data loss.

    • Azure Cache for Redis
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Jun 8

    Announcing: F-Series of compute-optimized virtual machines

    F-Series virtual machines are optimized for compute-intensive workloads. This series contains 10 additional compute-optimized VM sizes and the option to optimize for standard or premium storage.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings

    May 2016

    May 26

    New generation of D-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Cloud Services in Japan West

    The new generation of D-Series instances is available in Japan West. These Dv2 instances offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.

    • Cloud Services
    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    May 12

    Public preview: Speaker Recognition API for Microsoft Cognitive Services

    Speaker Recognition API features include speaker verification and speaker identification.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    May 12

    General availability: Azure Content Delivery Network from Akamai is now available

    Today we're excited to announce the general availability of Azure Content Delivery Network from Akamai.

    • Content Delivery Network
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    May 10

    Azure Scheduler: P10 and new P20 Premium plans

    The Azure Scheduler Premium plan has been renamed to P10 Premium, and a new P20 Premium plan has been released.

    • Scheduler
    • Pricing & Offerings

    April 2016

    Apr 29

    New Dv2 instances for Azure HDInsight

    A new instance size, D5 v2, extends the Dv2-Series for Azure HDInsight. It has 16 cores and 56 GB of memory.

    • HDInsight
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Apr 29

    Active geo-replication available on all Azure SQL Database service tiers

    We've expanded our geo-replication features by enabling Active geo-replication across Azure SQL Database Basic and Standard service tiers.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Apr 14

    Azure App Service SSL certificates available for purchase

    You can purchase Standard SSL certificates or Wildcard SSL certificates.

    • App Service
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Apr 14

    More ways to purchase Microsoft Azure Active Directory Basic

    You can purchase Microsoft Azure Active Directory Basic online through the Direct program, as well as through a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, the Open Volume License program, and the Cloud Solution Provider program.

    • Azure Active Directory
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Apr 4

    New offer for customers who use ExpressRoute for Office 365 traffic

    Azure ExpressRoute Premium tier has three distinct advantages over the non-Premium version of the service: global connectivity, a larger number of virtual networks, and a larger number of routes (private and public peering).

    • ExpressRoute
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Apr 1

    Ability to switch to another offer available

    Customers can switch their Pay-As-You-Go subscription to another offer via the Azure Account Center.

    • Pricing & Offerings
    Apr 1

    Public preview: Azure Storage Service Encryption

    Azure Storage Service Encryption is now available for Azure Blob Storage (block and page blobs) upon request for any new storage account created through Azure Resource Manager.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Apr 1

    General availability: Azure Data Catalog

    Azure Data Catalog is an enterprise-wide metadata catalog that stores, describes, indexes, and shows how to access any registered data asset.

    • Data Catalog
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Apr 1

    Azure Cosmos DB: New pricing option

    We are excited to announce a new pricing option for Azure Cosmos DB, offering greater flexibility in optimizing cost and performance.

    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services

    March 2016

    Mar 30

    Announcing: New Dv2-series virtual machine size

    A larger virtual machine size, the Standard_D15_v2, has joined the Dv2-series and offers 20 CPU cores, 140 GB of memory, 1,000 GB of temporary SSD, up to 8 virtual NICs, up to 40 data disks, and very high network bandwidth.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Mar 8

    HockeyApp available for purchase through Azure

    HockeyApp provides mobile app distribution, crash reporting, and in-app user feedback so you can build the world’s best mobile apps.

    • HockeyApp
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services

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