Azure updates

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

Products

    July 2019

    15 Jul

    Availability Zones support is now available for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in preview

    Protect applications and data from datacenter failures with redundancies across Availability Zones.

    • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
    • Features
    15 Jul

    Driver extension for Cassandra in Azure Cosmos DB is now in preview

    Azure Cosmos DB now offers a preview driver extension for Azure Cosmos DB Cassandra API for Java SDK.

    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Features
    • Services
    15 Jul

    Public preview: Azure Data Share

    Target availability: Q3 2019

    Share data with other organizations using Azure Data Share, now in preview.

    • Azure Data Share
    • Services
    11 Jul

    In development: query interleaving for Azure Analysis Services

    Target availability: Q4 2019

    Enterprise BI systems need to support high user concurrency, which means there can be lots of queries submitted close to each other. We are pleased to announce that we are working on the query interleaving feature, which allows system configuration to improve the user experience in high-concurrency scenarios. Query interleaving allows configuration to improve the user experience in high-concurrency scenarios. Multiple queries can run concurrently so fast queries are not blocked behind slow ones. Query interleaving can be set up with short-query bias so if the system is under CPU pressure, short queries are allocated a higher proportion of CPU resources than long-running queries, allowing them to complete faster.

    • Azure Analysis Services
    • Features
    • Management
    10 Jul

    Cognitive Services Text Analytics sentiment v3 available in public preview

    The latest release of the Text Analytics API's sentiment capability (v3) provides a significant improvement in detecting positive, neutral, and negative sentiment of text documents. It is available in public preview Central Canada, East Asia, and Central US.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Text Analytics
    • Features
    • Services
    10 Jul

    SQL Server Registry available: Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2

    July-9 2019 marks the official last day of SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 support. Customers that need to remain on SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for some additional time can leverage Extended Security Updates (ESUs). To obtain security updates for SQL Server on-premises or hosted environments, customers must first register the eligible SQL Server instances in their own SQL Server Registry.

    • Retirements
    9 Jul

    Large storage for Azure Database for MySQL now in preivew

    We are excited to announce support for up to 16TB of storage and up to 20,000 IOPS in Azure Database for MySQL is now in preview.

    • Azure Database for MySQL
    • Features
    • Open Source
    9 Jul

    Large storage for Azure Database for PostgreSQL now in preivew

    We are excited to announce support for up to 16TB of storage and up to 20,000 IOPS in Azure Database for PostgreSQL is now in preview.

    • Azure Database for PostgreSQL
    • Features
    • Open Source
    8 Jul

    Update 19.06 for Azure Sphere public preview now available in Retail feed

    The Azure Sphere public preview 19.06 quality release is now available via the Retail feed.

    • Azure Sphere
    • Operating System
    4 Jul

    Azure Data Factory Mapping Data Flows public preview adds parameter support

    Azure Data Factory Mapping Data Flows provides a code-free design environment for building and operationalizing ETL data transformations at scale. Now, the ADF team has added parameter support for Data Flows, enabling flexible & reusable data flows that can be called dynamically from pipelines.

    • Data Factory
    • Features

    June 2019

    28 Jun

    Azure API Management extension for Visual Studio Code is now in preview

    A new Azure API Management extension for Visual Studio Code is now available in preview

    • API Management
    • Features
    • Services
    26 Jun

    Announcing Preview Refresh for Azure DNS Private Zones

    We are delighted to announce Refresh release for Azure DNS private zones (preview). The Preview Refresh introduces new functionality and lifts several restrictions that public preview had.

    • Azure DNS
    • Features
    • Services
    26 Jun

    Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.7 integration with Azure Blockchain Service

    Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.7 is now available in preview. Along with our new Azure Blockchain Service, this release can further enhance your blockchain development and projects.

    • Azure Blockchain Service
    • Features
    26 Jun

    Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 support for Event Grid Notifications is now in preview

    Azure Event Grid provides reliable event delivery at massive scale. Event Grid integration brings change notifications for Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2.

    • Event Grid
    • Azure Data Lake Storage
    • Features
    26 Jun

    Azure Monitor for virtual machine scale sets are now in preview

    Monitor your Windows and Linux virtual machine scale sets with Azure Monitor (in preview).

    • Azure Monitor
    • Features
    24 Jun

    Update 19.06 for Azure Sphere public preview now available for evaluation

    The Azure Sphere public preview 19.06 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. The Retail OS feed will continue to deliver version 19.05; we plan to upgrade it to 19.06 in two weeks.

    • Azure Sphere
    • Operating System
    20 Jun

    Public Preview: Backup support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for Azure Virtual Machines

    Azure Backup is an enterprise-scale, zero-infrastructure solution that protects SQL Server VM in Azure without the need to deploy and manage any backup infrastructure. This offering is already generally available for more recent SQL Server versions , and today we are excited to announce Azure Backup support for EOS SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 in public preview.

    • SQL Server on virtual machines
    • Services
    20 Jun

    Public Preview: Immersive Reader, an Azure Cognitive Service

    Immersive Reader is an Azure Cognitive Service for developers who want to embed inclusive capabilities into their apps for enhancing text reading and comprehension for users regardless of age or ability.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Services
    19 Jun

    VM Health feature now supports new OS' and is available in new regions

    VM Health feature included in Azure monitor for VMs is now available for VMs that are running on Windows 2012 R2 and 2019. Additionally, VM Health feature is also available in cases where the associated workspace is in SEA (South East Asia), UKS (UK South), and CCAN (Canada Central) regions.

    • Azure Monitor
    • Features
    • Management
    • Services
    19 Jun

    New ASC Threat Protection alerts for Azure Resource Manager (Preview)

    Azure Security Center offers new security alerts (in preview) that detect unusual or potentially harmful operations using Azure Resource Manager service layer.

    • Security Center
    • Security

    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