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Monthly updates for November 2019

7 Nov

Update 19.10 for Azure Sphere now available

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Sphere public preview 19.10 quality release of the OS is now available via the Retail feed. The 19.10 release also includes a new Azure Sphere SDK with some significant capability enhancements.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools
7 Nov

Azure Active Directory B2C now supports monthly active users billing

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) B2C now supports billing based on the count of unique users with authentication activity within a calendar month, known as monthly active users (MAU) billing.

  • Features
7 Nov

Azure HDInsight—Autoscale is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Autoscale for Azure HDInsight is now generally available across all regions for Apache Spark and Hadoop workloads. This feature makes it possible to operate your big data analytics workloads in a more cost-efficient and productive way, so you can drive higher use of your HDInsight clusters and pay only for what you need.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
6 Nov

Azure Data Lake Analytics U-SQL runtime upgrade

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Lake Analytics U-SQL runtime is upgrading from .NET Framework v4.5.2 to .NET Framework v4.7.2. This change introduces a small risk of breaking changes if you use U-SQL custom.

  • Data Lake Analytics
  • Services
6 Nov

Azure Shared Image Gallery now available in Azure Government and Azure China

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Shared Image Gallery is now generally available in Azure Government and Azure China cloud regions.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Management
  • Features
  • Regions & Datacenters
6 Nov

Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialized images in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialized images in preview. This feature enables you to create specialized image versions using multiple snapshots (OS disk and data disks).

  • Virtual Machines
  • Management
  • Features
6 Nov

New deployment strategies and caching for Azure Pipelines

NOW AVAILABLE

Updates to Azure Pipelines include new deployment strategies (canary for Kubernetes, rolling for Kubernetes and VMs), as well as the GA of Pipeline Caching.

  • Azure DevOps
  • Features
6 Nov

HDInsight HBase Accelerated Writes is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

The accelerated writes feature in the HDInsight HBase cluster attaches a Premium SSD managed disk to every region server (worker node). Write ahead logs are configured to be written to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) mounted on premium managed disks instead of standard Azure page blobs. Premium managed disks are SSD-based and offer excellent I/O performance with fault tolerance. Using premium managed disks for WALs allows us to separate write ahead log storage from Apache HBase data storage.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
6 Nov

Azure HDInsight now enables you to customize Azure SQL Database for Ambari

NOW AVAILABLE

A new Azure HDInsight capability enables you to customize and upgrade your Azure SQL Database for Apache Ambari during cluster creation.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
6 Nov

Native Azure Active Directory authentication support in point-to-site VPN

IN PREVIEW

Target availability: Q4 2019

Native Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication support for OpenVPN protocol, and Azure VPN Client for Windows are now available.

  • VPN Gateway
  • Security
  • Features
5 Nov

Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics—New languages added to sentiment analysis

IN PREVIEW

Target availability: Q4 2019

Cognitive Services Text Analytics' sentiment analysis v3 now supports 10 languages including English, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, and Dutch.

  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Text Analytics
  • Services
  • Features
5 Nov

Azure SQL Database—Billing for managed instance backup storage is now in effect

NOW AVAILABLE

Managed instance backup storage billing went into effect November 1, 2019. Backup storage is free of charge up to sizes equal to the size of the provisioned storage, while any additional GB is charged at a fixed amount depending on region.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Management
  • Pricing & Offerings
5 Nov

Transparent data encryption with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database managed instance is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Transparent data encryption (TDE) with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database managed instance is now generally available.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Security
  • Compliance
  • Features
5 Nov

Azure Database for MySQL support for intelligent performance is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

Azure Database for MySQL support for intelligent performance, which includes query store, query performance insight, and performance recommendations, is now generally available. This set of features provides the ability for you to better understand your workloads, including the ability to visually inspect them, and to identify bottlenecks.

  • Azure Database for MySQL
  • Features
5 Nov

Azure Database for MariaDB support for intelligent performance is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

Azure Database for MariaDB support for the intelligent performance set of features, which includes query store, query performance insight, and performance recommendations, is now generally available. This set of features provides the ability for you to better understand your workloads, including visually inspecting them, and to identify bottlenecks.

  • Azure Database for MariaDB
  • Features
5 Nov

Azure Stream Analytics—Extensibility with C# custom code UDFs

NOW AVAILABLE

Developers creating Stream Analytics modules in the cloud or on IoT Edge can now write or reuse custom C# functions and invoke them right in the query through user-defined functions.

  • Azure Stream Analytics
  • Features
5 Nov

Announcing enhancements to Azure Virtual WAN

IN PREVIEW

Significant updates include the preview of hub-to-hub.

  • Virtual WAN
  • Services
5 Nov

Azure HDInsight—Restrict outbound network traffic by using Firewall

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

The integration of Azure HDInsight and Azure Firewall, in order to restrict outbound traffic from the cluster to unauthorized destinations, is now generally available.

  • HDInsight
  • Azure Firewall
  • Security
5 Nov

Azure Firewall Manager is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Firewall Manager Preview is a security management service that provides central security policy and route management for cloud-based security perimeters. It works with Azure Virtual WAN Hub, a Microsoft-managed resource that lets you easily create hub and spoke architectures. When security and routing policies are associated with such a hub, it is referred to as a Secured Virtual Hub.

  • Azure Firewall
  • Security
5 Nov

Python 3.7 support and remote build are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Announcing some enhancements to the development experience for Python workloads in Azure Functions, including support for Python 3.7 and remote build general availability.

  • Azure Functions
  • Services
  • Features
  • Open Source

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