January 4, 2022
As we mentioned last year, 2021 was all about modernization and transition to Microsoft Customer Agreement. While many of those investments are still in the early stages, you also saw many improvements across the board – from improved management experiences to richer reporting, from more proactive alerting to many, many ways to reduce costs in Azure. Read on for a sneak peek at what's coming in 2022.
November 30, 2021
November comes to a close with the long-awaited ability to subscribe to scheduled cost emails, new cost recommendations for Azure Data Explorer and Cosmos DB, and 10 new cost saving opportunities, and 11 documentation updates. Enjoy!
October 26, 2021
October ushers Cost Management and Billing into a new world – from coverage of Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and more to a new tool that helps you reduce cost and manage your on-prem licenses. You can also update your address or purchase order number on existing invoices or try an early preview of subscription cost anomaly detection. All this plus 12 new cost-saving options, 3 new videos, and 7 documentation updates. We hope you're as excited about what the future holds as we are!
September 27, 2021
This is an exciting month for organizations using Azure reservations – you can now scope your reservations to a management group for even more savings. You'll also find a new cost view optimized around the products and services you use, new previews in Cost Management Labs for scheduled emails and better multitasking, as well as 7 new savings opportunities and video and documentation updates. Read on for the details and let us know what you think!
August 31, 2021
As August comes to a close, you'll find new download options available from the cost analysis preview and quick access to common subscription and resource group operations in Configuration. You'll also see the general availability of Azure Government Top Secret and improved migration and modernization tools and programs as well as the 14 new cost saving options and 3 documentation updates. Lots of great stuff!
July 27, 2021
We're back with the usuals this month with an improved management experience, 9 new ways to save money with Azure, 3 videos, and 5 documentation updates. Stay tuned for even more next month!
June 29, 2021
June brings amortization to the cost analysis preview, says goodbye to Cloudyn, and welcomes many new ways to optimize your costs, from 5 new generally available offers and 5 new previews to 3 lower prices and 3 expanded free offers. And as always, more documentation updates. Enjoy!
June 1, 2021
May brings expanded coverage of two popular features: Cost allocation is now supported in all usage APIs and downloads and management group exports are now available in Azure Government. On top of this, you also have more custom date selection options in the cost analysis preview and four new generally available offers to help you save money with Azure. This plus new videos and documentation updates rounds out another great month.
April 27, 2021
April builds on top of past releases. From an expansion of the Retail Prices API to cover non-USD currencies to a new custom date picker based on your feedback. There's also new guidance for building out your cloud architecture for enterprises and operators as well as the usual cost optimization tips, videos, and documentation updates.
March 30, 2021
March is an exciting month! If you need to control costs and avoid projected overages, you'll want to check out changes to Cost Management budgets. You also have a new view optimized for viewing subscription costs as well as more ways to save, learning resources, and documentation updates. Enjoy!