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KEDA: Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaling

6 May, 2019

Microsoft and Red Hat collaborated to create an open-sourced project that supports the deployment of serverless, event-driven containers on Kubernetes. Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaling (KEDA) can be used in any Kubernetes environment — in any public/private cloud or on-premises such as Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and Red Hat OpenShift.

Significant new updates to Azure Cognitive Services

6 May, 2019

We are introducing a new category in Cognitive Services called Decision that reflects the evolution of the product portfolio. We are also introducing new services and capabilities under the Vision, Speech and Language categories. And, we are continuing to make more Cognitive Services available on the edge and on-premises with containers.

Hyperscale service tier for select Azure database engines

6 May, 2019

A new Hyperscale service tier in Azure Database for PostgreSQL joins Azure SQL Database Hyperscale to enable developers to build highly scalable, low latency applications using their existing skills. Azure Databases with Hyperscale significantly scales out compute, storage and memory resources as needed, allowing developers to focus on building app experiences without worrying about performance and scale limitations.

AI + Machine Learning

ML.NET 1.0

ML.NET lets developers create models targeting scenarios based on ML tasks, such as classification, regression, clustering, ranking, recommendations and anomaly detection. It also provides integration with other deep-learning frameworks, such as TensorFlow, and it offers interoperability through ONNX. By using ML.NET, developers can accomplish those tasks without the need for high expertise in data science or machine learning.

New knowledge mining capabilities in Azure Search

Cognitive search capability, the content-understanding feature within Azure Search, now offers a single mechanism to apply a series of pre-built and custom AI models to data. In addition, a new knowledge store capability in cognitive search enables developers to further leverage the insights and metadata they extracted from the cognitive search pipeline.

Significant new updates to Azure Cognitive Services

We are introducing a new category in Cognitive Services called Decision that reflects the evolution of the product portfolio. We are also introducing new services and capabilities under the Vision, Speech and Language categories. And, we are continuing to make more Cognitive Services available on the edge and on-premises with containers.

Microsoft Bot Framework enhancements

New feature enhancements to the Microsoft Bot Framework allow developers to handle complex dialogs with users while also enjoying more natural language experiences. The updates include the ability to improve the dialog management process — necessitating less code by using adaptive dialogs. Additionally, Language Generation allows developers to decouple language resources for their bot and then manage those resources in separate files, avoiding the need to hardcode bot responses.

Innovations in Azure Machine Learning

New updates to Azure Machine Learning simplify the building, training and deployment of machine learning models for enterprises. These include new capabilities to simplify the development of machine learning models, operationalize models at scale and high-speed inferencing from cloud to edge. Azure Machine Learning helps data scientists and developers build and train AI models faster, then easily deploy those models to the cloud or the edge.

Analytics

Azure Data Factory enhancements

Feature enhancements to Azure Data Factory allow developers to be more productive by visually transforming their data at big-data scale without any code. The launch of Mapping Data Flows makes Azure Data Factory a full ETL/ELT (extract/transform/load and extract/load/transform) service. Additionally, Wrangling Data Flows, offers a code-free way to visually discover and prepare data without writing code.

Blockchain

J.P. Morgan blockchain partnership

Microsoft has entered a memorandum of understanding to establish a strategic partnership with J.P. Morgan to accelerate the adoption of blockchain technology. Through this partnership, Quorum, the first fully managed ledger will be available in the new Azure Blockchain Service. Quorum customers can now rapidly expand their networks with lower costs, simplified deployment, built-in governance and extensible design.

Azure Blockchain Service

Building with blockchain just got easier with Azure Blockchain Service, which simplifies the formation, management and governance of consortium blockchain networks, allowing businesses to focus on workflow logic and app development.  Azure Blockchain Service enables developers to deploy a fully managed consortium network in a few simple clicks and leverage built-in governance to add new members, set permissions and authenticate user applications.

Azure Cosmos DB API for Spark and etcdT

Azure Cosmos DB, a globally distributed multi-model database service, now offers APIs for Apache Spark and for etcd, a distributed key-value store designed to securely store data across a cluster. These updates bolster the abilities of Cosmos DB users to build and manage operational analytics workloads that run real time over globally distributed data.

Azure Cosmos DB notebook experience

Azure Cosmos DB now provides a notebook experience for all APIs. The feature allows Python developers to enjoy a supported notebook experience for native APIs in Azure Cosmos DB. Notebooks are popular because they offer developers an easy way to share code and collaborate.

Blockchain and Microsoft Power Platform integration

Blockchain is coming to the Power Platform with a new Ethereum connector for Microsoft Flow and PowerApps, new flow templates for common scenarios, and Visual Studio Code tooling to generate flows from smart contracts. The low-code approach to blockchain is unique to Microsoft and visionary. The connector provides the ability to deploy, create, interact with or respond to events from a blockchain through simple configuration.

Compute

KEDA: Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaling

Microsoft and Red Hat collaborated to create an open-sourced project that supports the deployment of serverless, event-driven containers on Kubernetes. Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaling (KEDA) can be used in any Kubernetes environment — in any public/private cloud or on-premises such as Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and Red Hat OpenShift.

Azure Dev Spaces for Azure Kubernetes Service

Azure Dev Spaces provides an easy way to build and debug applications for Kubernetes. With Dev Spaces, developers can rapidly iterate and debug different parts of an application in parallel in the same Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster. They can also test their code end-to-end without replicating or mocking up dependencies.

Azure Kubernetes Service virtual nodes

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) virtual nodes allow users to elastically provision additional pods in seconds in response to a spike in demand. With a few clicks in the Azure portal, users can turn on the virtual node feature and get the flexibility and portability of a serverless container experience in an AKS environment — and there’s no need to manage additional compute resources.

Azure Policy integration and enhanced network security for Azure Kubernetes Service

Azure Policy integration for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) allows users to apply at-scale enforcements and safeguards for AKS clusters in a centralized, consistent manner. We are also introducing new capabilities to help secure communication paths for Kubernetes applications.

Containers

KEDA: Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaling

Microsoft and Red Hat collaborated to create an open-sourced project that supports the deployment of serverless, event-driven containers on Kubernetes. Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaling (KEDA) can be used in any Kubernetes environment — in any public/private cloud or on-premises such as Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and Red Hat OpenShift.

Azure Dev Spaces for Azure Kubernetes Service

Azure Dev Spaces provides an easy way to build and debug applications for Kubernetes. With Dev Spaces, developers can rapidly iterate and debug different parts of an application in parallel in the same Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster. They can also test their code end-to-end without replicating or mocking up dependencies.

Azure Kubernetes Service virtual nodes

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) virtual nodes allow users to elastically provision additional pods in seconds in response to a spike in demand. With a few clicks in the Azure portal, users can turn on the virtual node feature and get the flexibility and portability of a serverless container experience in an AKS environment — and there’s no need to manage additional compute resources.

Azure Policy integration and enhanced network security for Azure Kubernetes Service

Azure Policy integration for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) allows users to apply at-scale enforcements and safeguards for AKS clusters in a centralized, consistent manner. We are also introducing new capabilities to help secure communication paths for Kubernetes applications.

Databases

Hyperscale service tier for select Azure database engines

A new Hyperscale service tier in Azure Database for PostgreSQL joins Azure SQL Database Hyperscale to enable developers to build highly scalable, low latency applications using their existing skills. Azure Databases with Hyperscale significantly scales out compute, storage and memory resources as needed, allowing developers to focus on building app experiences without worrying about performance and scale limitations.

Azure SQL Database Edge

Azure SQL Database Edge is a small footprint database engine with built-in AI that is optimized for the intelligent edge . This new product combines data streaming and time series with in-database machine learning and graph to unlock intelligence on the edge with a simplified architecture.

Azure SQL Database serverless

Azure SQL Database is offering a new serverless compute tier that optimizes price performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage. It helps customers focus on building apps faster and more efficiently. This new tier automatically scales compute for single databases based on workload demand and pauses during periods of inactivity.

Azure Cosmos DB API for Spark and etcdT

Azure Cosmos DB, a globally distributed multi-model database service, now offers APIs for Apache Spark and for etcd, a distributed key-value store designed to securely store data across a cluster. These updates bolster the abilities of Cosmos DB users to build and manage operational analytics workloads that run real time over globally distributed data.

Azure Cosmos DB notebook experience

Azure Cosmos DB now provides a notebook experience for all APIs. The feature allows Python developers to enjoy a supported notebook experience for native APIs in Azure Cosmos DB. Notebooks are popular because they offer developers an easy way to share code and collaborate.

Developer Tools

Azure Pipelines update for Kubernetes deployments

A new feature in Azure Pipelines makes it easier for developers to deploy to a Kubernetes environment on any public cloud or on-premises such as AKS and Red Hat OpenShift by offering an optimized, integrated solution with pre-built templates and support for multiple deployment strategies. In addition, Azure Pipelines now gives the ability to monitor the state of deployments to Kubernetes clusters.

Unified pipelines

Azure Pipelines offers the ability to create Continuous Integration Pipelines, called “Build Pipelines”, in a declarative way using a YAML file. We’re now extending support to Continuous Delivery Pipelines, called “Release Pipelines”, and defined via a YAML document. Additionally, the same YAML file can contain the definition for both CI and CD pipelines.

DevOps

Azure Pipelines update for Kubernetes deployments

A new feature in Azure Pipelines makes it easier for developers to deploy to a Kubernetes environment on any public cloud or on-premises such as AKS and Red Hat OpenShift by offering an optimized, integrated solution with pre-built templates and support for multiple deployment strategies. In addition, Azure Pipelines now gives the ability to monitor the state of deployments to Kubernetes clusters.

Unified pipelines

Azure Pipelines offers the ability to create Continuous Integration Pipelines, called “Build Pipelines”, in a declarative way using a YAML file. We’re now extending support to Continuous Delivery Pipelines, called “Release Pipelines”, and defined via a YAML document. Additionally, the same YAML file can contain the definition for both CI and CD pipelines.

Hybrid

Azure Active Directory support in GitHub Enterprise

To support the needs of enterprise customers, GitHub Enterprise customers can now synchronize groups of GitHub users with Azure Active Directory (AAD) and thus enforce a secure workplace identity. AAD synchronization allows GitHub customers to leverage their existing AAD solution for group membership so that their administrators and developers can focus on their application development.

Hyperscale service tier for select Azure database engines

A new Hyperscale service tier in Azure Database for PostgreSQL joins Azure SQL Database Hyperscale to enable developers to build highly scalable, low latency applications using their existing skills. Azure Databases with Hyperscale significantly scales out compute, storage and memory resources as needed, allowing developers to focus on building app experiences without worrying about performance and scale limitations.

HoloLens 2 Development Edition

The new HoloLens 2 Development Edition is designed to help developers quickly build mixed-reality apps and experiences. The development edition includes a HoloLens 2 device, $500 in Azure credits and three-months-free trials of Unity Pro and Unity PiXYZ Plugin for CAD data, starting at $3,500 or as low as $99 per month. The HoloLens 2 Development Edition will be available for preorder soon and will ship later this year.

IoT Plug and Play

IoT Plug and Play offers a new, open modeling language to connect IoT devices to the cloud seamlessly. With IoT Plug and Play, developers can connect IoT devices to the cloud, without having to write a single line of embedded code. IoT Plug and Play also enables device manufactures to build smarter IoT devices that just work with the cloud.

GitHub Identity support for Azure

GitHub users now can sign into Microsoft applications, including Azure Portal and Azure DevOps using their GitHub account. This update enables developers to go from repository to deployment with just their GitHub account. The new login system will try to match a user’s GitHub account to an existing Microsoft identity with access to Azure. If the system can’t find one, it creates one for the user that's keyed to their GitHub account, providing a seamless login experience.

Azure SQL Database serverless

Azure SQL Database is offering a new serverless compute tier that optimizes price performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage. It helps customers focus on building apps faster and more efficiently. This new tier automatically scales compute for single databases based on workload demand and pauses during periods of inactivity.

Identity

Azure Active Directory support in GitHub Enterprise

To support the needs of enterprise customers, GitHub Enterprise customers can now synchronize groups of GitHub users with Azure Active Directory (AAD) and thus enforce a secure workplace identity. AAD synchronization allows GitHub customers to leverage their existing AAD solution for group membership so that their administrators and developers can focus on their application development.

GitHub Identity support for Azure

GitHub users now can sign into Microsoft applications, including Azure Portal and Azure DevOps using their GitHub account. This update enables developers to go from repository to deployment with just their GitHub account. The new login system will try to match a user’s GitHub account to an existing Microsoft identity with access to Azure. If the system can’t find one, it creates one for the user that's keyed to their GitHub account, providing a seamless login experience.

Internet of Things

ML.NET 1.0

ML.NET lets developers create models targeting scenarios based on ML tasks, such as classification, regression, clustering, ranking, recommendations and anomaly detection. It also provides integration with other deep-learning frameworks, such as TensorFlow, and it offers interoperability through ONNX. By using ML.NET, developers can accomplish those tasks without the need for high expertise in data science or machine learning.

Innovations in Azure Machine Learning

New updates to Azure Machine Learning simplify the building, training and deployment of machine learning models for enterprises. These include new capabilities to simplify the development of machine learning models, operationalize models at scale and high-speed inferencing from cloud to edge. Azure Machine Learning helps data scientists and developers build and train AI models faster, then easily deploy those models to the cloud or the edge.

HoloLens 2 Development Edition

The new HoloLens 2 Development Edition is designed to help developers quickly build mixed-reality apps and experiences. The development edition includes a HoloLens 2 device, $500 in Azure credits and three-months-free trials of Unity Pro and Unity PiXYZ Plugin for CAD data, starting at $3,500 or as low as $99 per month. The HoloLens 2 Development Edition will be available for preorder soon and will ship later this year.

IoT Plug and Play

IoT Plug and Play offers a new, open modeling language to connect IoT devices to the cloud seamlessly. With IoT Plug and Play, developers can connect IoT devices to the cloud, without having to write a single line of embedded code. IoT Plug and Play also enables device manufactures to build smarter IoT devices that just work with the cloud.

Azure SQL Database Edge

Azure SQL Database Edge is a small footprint database engine with built-in AI that is optimized for the intelligent edge . This new product combines data streaming and time series with in-database machine learning and graph to unlock intelligence on the edge with a simplified architecture.

Azure Cosmos DB API for Spark and etcdT

Azure Cosmos DB, a globally distributed multi-model database service, now offers APIs for Apache Spark and for etcd, a distributed key-value store designed to securely store data across a cluster. These updates bolster the abilities of Cosmos DB users to build and manage operational analytics workloads that run real time over globally distributed data.

Azure Cosmos DB notebook experience

Azure Cosmos DB now provides a notebook experience for all APIs. The feature allows Python developers to enjoy a supported notebook experience for native APIs in Azure Cosmos DB. Notebooks are popular because they offer developers an easy way to share code and collaborate.

Management and Governance

Visual Studio App Center MBaaS integration

Visual Studio App Center is introducing support for Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) capabilities on Azure, helping developers build applications faster without the need for managing infrastructure. These capabilities make it easier for App Center customers to leverage Azure App Service’s Mobile Apps capabilities for identity, push notifications and data synchronization.

Mobile

Visual Studio App Center MBaaS integration

Visual Studio App Center is introducing support for Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) capabilities on Azure, helping developers build applications faster without the need for managing infrastructure. These capabilities make it easier for App Center customers to leverage Azure App Service’s Mobile Apps capabilities for identity, push notifications and data synchronization.

Visual Studio Code Remote Development extensions

Developers now can use Remote Development extensions for Visual Studio Code to edit and debug code running inside Docker containers, in Windows Subsystem for Linux, or on a remote environment such as another machine or a virtual machine over Secure Shell.

Visual Studio IntelliCode

Visual Studio IntelliCode’s AI-assisted development capabilities, such as enhanced IntelliSense, save time by putting what you’re most likely to use at the top of your completion list. Those recommendations are based on thousands of open-source projects on GitHub — each with over 100 stars. When combined with the context of your code, that completion list is customized to promote common practices.

Visual Studio Online

Visual Studio Online, a web-based companion to Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, enables developers to work on and edit code from any device with a modern web browser. Built for productivity while on the go, this solution helps developers perform quick tasks, join Visual Studio Live Share sessions, or perform pull request reviews at times and in places where they may not have access to their development environment.

Visual Studio Subscription with GitHub Enterprise

The new Visual Studio Subscription with GitHub Enterprise offering gives enterprise customers a simple and economical way to purchase GitHub Enterprise through Visual Studio subscriptions. The offering enables customers to innovate at scale by securely bringing open-source code, community and best practices into the Visual Studio integrated development environment and workflows.

.NET 5 arrives in 2020

.NET 5, the next major version of the .NET Platform, will have one Base Class Library containing APIs for building any type of application. All .NET workloads are supported with application frameworks, including cross-platform web development with ASP.NET, iOS and Android mobile development with Xamarin, Windows Desktop, and cross-platform IoT. .NET 5 is set to release in 2020.

.NET Core 3.0 Preview 5

.NET Core 3.0 is the next major version of the .NET Core platform, an open-source, general-purpose development platform maintained by Microsoft and the .NET community on GitHub. .NET Core 3.0 now supports Windows desktop workloads. Preview 5 of .NET Core 3.0 includes the addition of full stack C# web development capabilities with ASP.NET Core Blazor.

Security

Azure Active Directory support in GitHub Enterprise

To support the needs of enterprise customers, GitHub Enterprise customers can now synchronize groups of GitHub users with Azure Active Directory (AAD) and thus enforce a secure workplace identity. AAD synchronization allows GitHub customers to leverage their existing AAD solution for group membership so that their administrators and developers can focus on their application development.

GitHub Identity support for Azure

GitHub users now can sign into Microsoft applications, including Azure Portal and Azure DevOps using their GitHub account. This update enables developers to go from repository to deployment with just their GitHub account. The new login system will try to match a user’s GitHub account to an existing Microsoft identity with access to Azure. If the system can’t find one, it creates one for the user that's keyed to their GitHub account, providing a seamless login experience.

Web

New knowledge mining capabilities in Azure Search

Cognitive search capability, the content-understanding feature within Azure Search, now offers a single mechanism to apply a series of pre-built and custom AI models to data. In addition, a new knowledge store capability in cognitive search enables developers to further leverage the insights and metadata they extracted from the cognitive search pipeline.

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