Monthly updates for December 2016
JSON functions, computed columns, and the CROSS APPLY operator are added in memory-optimized tables and natively compiled stored procedures in Azure SQL Database.
New Japanese collations _XJIS_140 and Japanese_Bushu_Kakusu_140 are available in Azure SQL Database. The new collations support Ideographic Variation Sequences that are used in the Japanese language.
VNet peering is generally available in Germany, US Gov, and China regions.
The introduction of larger block blobs increases the maximum file size from 195 GB to 4.77 TB.
Azure DevTest Labs is available in UK South and UK West, in addition to the other 21 regions it has supported.
The Enterprise Integration Pack for Logic Apps is generally available.
Logic Apps is available in the India, West US 2, and West Central US regions.
Azure SQL Data Warehouse has released a plethora of updates to the Azure portal and SQL Server Management Studio over the last few months.
To provide a more consistent UI for accessing the Verizon geo-filtering feature, we will perform some configuration migrations from December 20 to December 23, 2016.
In Azure DevTest Labs, you can configure auto-shutdown for a single lab VM in addition to the auto-shutdown policy that applies to all the lab VMs.
With Change Feed support, Azure Cosmos DB provides a sorted list of documents within a Azure Cosmos DB collection in the order in which they were modified.
DevTest Labs supports claimable lab VMs. Lab admins can put VMs in a shared pool, and lab users can pick a working VM from the pool whenever they need one.
With the general availability of the Azure IoT Gateway SDK, developers can create on-premises gateways that allow their IoT solutions to do more.
The Package Management extension for Visual Studio Team Services is now generally available. It helps you move to DevOps workflows with continuous integration and delivery.
Azure IoT Hub device management enables IoT developers and operators to harness the power of the Azure hyperscale cloud to organize, monitor, query, and orchestrate changes across billions of devices.
Effective immediately, Query Store is turned on by default in all new and existing databases in Azure SQL Database (including elastic database pools).
The new Quickstart experience for Web Apps guides you through the steps to deploy your app by using the deployment stack and deployment method of your choice in record time.
Azure Backup provides the capability to back up a virtual machine directly from virtual machine management blade.
Azure Search has released new features in API version 2016-09-01 and a new .NET SDK.