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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
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
Mar 2

Public preview: Azure Search Basic tier


The Basic tier of Azure Search offers a low-cost and production-ready search service for your web and mobile applications.

  • Azure Cognitive Search

February 2016

Feb 18

General availability: Red Hat Enterprise Linux images through Azure Marketplace


Red Hat Enterprise Linux is offered on a pay-as-you-go model with per-hour billing.

  • Virtual Machines
Feb 17

Public preview: Azure Container Service


Azure Container Service helps you use Docker images and Linux containers in a production environment.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Feb 17

General availability: Google Widevine modular license delivery in Azure Media Services


You can now apply common encryption with Widevine or Microsoft PlayReady to help protect your premium content.

  • Media Services
Feb 17

General availability: Azure Hybrid Use Benefit


Windows Server customers can run Windows virtual machines on Azure at a lower rate.

Feb 17

Public preview: SQL Server Stretch Database


With SQL Server Stretch Database, you can dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data from SQL Server 2016 to Azure.

  • SQL Server Stretch Database
Feb 12

CDN – Standard and Premium CDN tiers available

New Standard and Premium feature sets are for CDN customers.

  • Content Delivery Network
Feb 4

Azure HDInsight leverages new generation of D-Series instances

Azure HDInsight is now available on Dv2-Series instances, which offer CPUs that run up to 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.

  • HDInsight
Feb 3

Changes to Visual Studio Online Professional and Advanced user plans

Visual Studio Online Professional plans weren’t automatically converted to the new Visual Studio Professional monthly subscription on February 1, 2016.

  • Azure DevOps
Feb 3

General availablity: Azure Premium Storage in additional regions


Azure Premium Storage is now available in the Australia Southeast and East Asia regions.

  • Storage Accounts
Feb 3

General availability: Microsoft Azure IoT Hub


Microsoft Azure IoT Hub provides a secure way to connect, provision, monitor, update, and send commands to devices, which allows you to control millions of Internet of Things assets running on a broad set of operating systems and protocols.

  • Azure IoT Hub

January 2016

Jan 14

Self-service subscription transfer globally available

You can transfer a subscription to a colleague, a different account you own, or someone in a different organization.

Jan 14

More ways to purchase Azure Multi-Factor Authentication

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can be purchased through Volume Licensing, the Cloud Solution Provider program, and Azure in Open.

  • Multi-Factor Authentication
Jan 14

New Premium plans for Microsoft Azure RemoteApp and incentives for existing RDS CAL owners

Premium and Premium Plus are for customers requiring more computing resources for their Windows apps hosted in Azure RemoteApp.

Jan 14

General availability: Azure Premium Storage in South Central US region


Premium Storage is now available in the South Central US region in addition to other regions previously announced.

  • Storage Accounts
Jan 14

General availability: Azure Automation Desired State Configuration


With Azure Automation Desired State Configuration, you can consistently deploy, reliably monitor, and automatically update the desired state of all your IT resources, at scale, from the cloud.

  • Automation

October 2015

Oct 2

New data plans for Azure ExpressRoute

Azure ExpressRoute service connections have two new data plans. You can choose between unlimited or metered plans based on your usage.

  • Azure ExpressRoute

September 2015

Sep 29

Office 365, Azure Government Cloud, Resource Manager templates, simplified billing


Announcing updates to Office 365, Azure Government Cloud, Resource Manager templates, and simplified billing.

  • Azure ExpressRoute
  • Virtual Network
  • VPN Gateway
  • Security

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