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October 2021

14 Oct

Announcing Azure Synapse Analytics pre-purchase plans, now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

You can now save up to 28 percent on Azure Synapse workloads without sacrificing flexibility with Azure Synapse pre-purchase plans.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Pricing & Offerings

September 2021

9 Sep

Apache Spark 3.1 for Azure Synapse Analytics now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

The latest version of the open-source Apache Spark is now available in Azure Synapse Analytics Apache Spark pools.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
  • Open Source

August 2021

26 Aug

Azure Synapse Analytics Compute Optimized data flows will be retired on 31 August 2024

Target retirement date: August 31, 2024

Transition from Compute Optimized data flows to General Purpose data flows by 31 August 2024.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Retirements

May 2021

27 May

Query Delta Lake files using T-SQL in Azure Synapse Analytics (public preview)

IN PREVIEW

Use T-SQL in Azure Synapse to read Delta Lake format.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
26 May

Azure Storage Blob inventory public preview is now available in all public regions

IN PREVIEW

Blob inventory allows you to get a full listing of all blobs within a storage account or container. This can be used in conjunction with Synapse to calculate per container metrics such as capacity and count.

  • Premium Blob Storage
  • Hot/Cool Blob Storage Tiers
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure Blob Storage
  • Storage Accounts
  • Services
26 May

Public preview: Announcing Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse

IN PREVIEW

Power your business applications data with analytical and predictive insights.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Microsoft Build
  • Services
25 May

Public preview: Apache Spark 3.0 support in Azure Synapse Analytics

IN PREVIEW

The public preview announced today starts with the foundation based on the open-source Apache Spark 3.0 branch with subsequent updates leading up to a Generally Available version derived from the latest 3.1 branch.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
  • Open Source
  • Microsoft Build
  • Services
25 May

Private preview: NVIDIA GPU Acceleration for Apache Spark™ in Azure Synapse Analytics

IN PREVIEW

Beginning today, this GPU acceleration feature in Azure Synapse is available for private preview by request.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
  • Services

March 2021

26 Mar

General availability: Stream Analytics runs on Azure Stack Hub

NOW AVAILABLE

Stream Analytics now is available on Azure Stack Hub as an IoT Edge module, supporting native input and output adapters, such as Event Hub and IoT Hub. It allows customer to build truly hybrid data solutions.

  • Azure Stack Hub
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Services
2 Mar

Public preview: Azure Purview powered search in Azure Synapse Analytics workspaces

IN PREVIEW

Enable effortless discovery of trustworthy, valuable data with an Azure Purview powered search within Synapse Studio.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure Purview
  • Management
  • Gallery
  • Features
  • Microsoft Ignite
2 Mar

Public preview: Announcing Azure Synapse Pathway: Accelerate your data warehouse migration

IN PREVIEW

Azure Synapse Pathway is a point-and-click solution that simplifies and accelerates migration for both on-premises and cloud data warehouses to Azure Synapse Analytics.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
  • Microsoft Ignite

February 2021

22 Feb

General availability: Data flows in Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse now support Reserved Instances

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Factory (ADF) and Azure Synapse Analytics (Synapse) now offer discounted pricing on data flows based on 1-year and 3-year reservations.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Data Factory
  • Features

December 2020

18 Dec

Additional support for managed identity in Azure Stream Analytics now in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Stream Analytics now supports managed identity for Blob input, Event Hubs (input and output), Synapse SQL Pools and customer storage account. As a result, customers do not have to manage service-to-service credentials by themselves, and can process events when streams of data are coming from Event Hubs in a VNet or using a firewall.

  • Azure Stream Analytics
  • Event Hubs
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
  • Security
9 Dec

Azure Data Share snapshot sharing for SQL Database and Synapse generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

You can now share structured data stored in relational databases and data warehouse easily and securely between internal departments, with external partners, vendors or customers for collaboration.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Data Share
  • Features
  • Services

November 2020

11 Nov

New version of SSMS and ADS tools for serverless SQL pools in Azure Synapse Analytics

NOW AVAILABLE

Serverless SQL pool released a new version of SSMS and ADS which improves scripting in object explorer and increases stability.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • SDK and Tools

October 2020

14 Oct

Announcing Azure Data Explorer data connector for Azure Synapse

IN PREVIEW

You can now use Azure Synapse Workspace to access your data in Azure Data Explorer using Apache Spark pool

  • Azure Data Explorer
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
14 Oct

Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB: SQL serverless runtime support in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Synapse Link now offers preview support for querying Azure Cosmos DB data with Synapse SQL serverless.

  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features

September 2020

30 Sep

New guided UI experience to deploy machine learning models in Azure Synapse Analytics (in preview)

IN PREVIEW

We are introducing a guided UI experience in the Synapse Studio that enables users to deploy machine learning models from the Azure Machine Learning model registry directly to Azure Synapse for inferencing.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
30 Sep

New Common Data Model connector for Apache Spark in Azure Synapse Analytics & Azure Databricks (in preview)

IN PREVIEW

This new Spark CDM connector requires zero configuration and is pre-installed with Azure Synapse Analytics. It can also be installed and used with Azure Databricks.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
23 Sep

Column-level encryption for Azure Synapse Analytics

IN PREVIEW

Azure Synapse Analytics already provides a breadth of options that can be used to handle sensitive data in a secure manner—we are expanding that support with the introduction of Column Level Encryption (CLE).

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
  • Microsoft Ignite

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