Preview features

To obtain your feedback, Azure offers the following preview features to you for evaluation purposes. A preview may include preview, beta or other pre-release features, services, software or regions. Previews are subject to reduced or different service terms, as set forth in your service agreement and the preview supplemental terms. Previews are made available to you on the condition that you agree to these terms of use, which supplement your agreement governing the use of Azure.

Azure Location Based Services

Add maps, location search, routing and traffic capabilities to your applications with Azure Location Based Services – a portfolio of geospatial services APIs that integrate seamlessly with other Azure tools and services. Enhance your IoT, mobility, asset tracking and logistics solutions with geospatial services that use familiar REST APIs and give you JavaScript Map Controls.

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IoT Edge

IoT Edge extends cloud intelligence to edge devices. It enables cloud services to run locally on your Windows and Linux IoT devices. Develop and test workloads in the cloud, then deploy to the edge seamlessly via Docker-compatible containers to distribute intelligence across your edge devices. Integrate Microsoft Azure and third-party services, or augment existing services to create a custom IoT application with your own business logic.

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Azure Container Service (AKS)

Remove the complexity of implementing, installing, maintaining and securing Kubernetes. By using Azure Container Service to manage your hosted Kubernetes environment, you won’t need container orchestration expertise to deploy, manage and scale containerised applications. Only pay for the resources you consume: no per-cluster charges.

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Azure Database Migration Service

Accelerate your journey to the cloud. Reduce the complexity of your cloud migration by using a comprehensive yet simple, self-guided migration process to easily and more securely move your on-premises SQL Server and Oracle databases to the cloud.

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Azure Cosmos DB Apache® Cassandra API

Apache® Cassandra API delivers Cassandra as a service over the powerful Azure Cosmos DB. Developers can use familiar Cassandra SDKs and tools to “lift and shift” existing applications and build new applications using Cassandra API against a highly scalable, globally distributed, multi-model database service.

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DevOps Projects

With DevOps Projects, start running your application on any Azure service in just three steps – simply select an application language, a runtime and an Azure service.

Azure Databricks

Accelerate data-driven innovation with an Apache Spark-based analytics platform that’s optimised for Azure. Designed with the founders of Apache Spark, Azure Databricks offers one-click setup, streamlines workflows and provides an interactive workspace that enables collaboration between data scientists, data engineers and business analysts.

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Batch AI

Batch AI is a new platform service that helps you train and test deep learning and other AI or machine learning models with the scale and flexibility used by Microsoft’s data scientists. Managed clusters of GPUs and CPUs let you design larger networks and run experiments in parallel and at scale to reduce development time and make development easier and more productive. With Batch AI, you only pay for the compute and storage used for your training. There’s no additional charge for the cluster management and job scheduling.

Azure Data Box

The Azure Data Box is a secure, ruggedised, tamper resistant appliance created by Microsoft to help customers transfer large amounts of data into Azure Storage. Customers can order the Data Box through the Azure portal and have it delivered at their site to rapidly copy data to the device using a standard NAS protocol (SMB/CIFS). The information on the Data Box is secured using 256-bit AES encryption to ensure privacy. When returned to Microsoft, the data is uploaded directly into Azure Blob or File storage and then the device is securely erased. Partner solutions also integrate with the Azure Data Box to help their customers with large Azure Data transfer projects. Availability for the preview will be limited to US regions, but we encourage all interested customers to register.

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Azure Policy

With Azure Policy, turn on built-in policies or build your own custom policies to enable security and management at scale for Azure resources. Construct policies in the Azure portal with full IntelliSense and apply policy to a resource group, subscription or even a management group that spans your entire organisation. Choose either to enforce policies or to audit policy compliance against best practices.

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PowerShell in Cloud Shell

Cloud Shell is your Microsoft-managed admin machine in the cloud with authenticated shell access to Azure from virtually anywhere. It includes popular command-line tools, support for common programming languages, and attached Azure File storage to persist your data across sessions.

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DDoS Protection

Azure DDoS Protection is a new service that helps protect your applications from being affected by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks at OSI Layers 3-7. This service monitors the public IP addresses of your resources within Azure, learns an application’s normal traffic patterns and instantly mitigates an attack when it is detected. When you subscribe to this service, you also receive advanced telemetry and alerts related to the attacks that were carried out against your application. During preview, you will not incur any cost for using the service.

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Azure Migrate

Run a migration assessment for getting your on-premises resources to the Azure cloud, using the Azure Migrate service. The service helps you to assess migration suitability, right-sizing and costing.

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Machine Learning Experimentation service

Increase your rate of experimentation. Rapidly prototype on your desktop, then easily scale up on virtual machines through Docker containers or scale out using Apache Spark clusters. Proactively manage model performance, identify the best model and promote the best model with data. Collaborate and share solutions using powerful, industry-standard GIT repositories.

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Machine Learning Model management

Deploy and manage your models everywhere. Use Docker containers to quickly deploy models into production in the cloud, on premises or at the edge. Promote your best performing models into production and re-train them when their performance degrades. Deploy as real-time or high-throughput batch services.

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Machine Learning Workbench

Tie it all together with a downloadable desktop application and command-line tool, featuring built-in data preparation that learns your data preparation steps as you perform them. Increase your productivity with project management, run history and notebook integration. Use popular open-source frameworks, such as TensorFlow, Cognitive Toolkit, Spark ML and scikit-learn.

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Machine Learning Visual Studio Code extension

Build deep learning models more easily with built-in Azure Machine Learning services. Use our Visual Studio Code extension for a seamless developer experience across desktop, cloud and edge. Develop deep learning models and call services straight from your preferred integrated development environment.

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Machine Learning MMLSpark

Quickly create powerful, highly scalable predictive and analytical models for large image and text datasets using deep learning and data science tools for Apache Spark.

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Azure Availability Zones

Availability Zones are fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, providing redundant power, cooling and networking. Availability Zones allow you to run mission-critical applications with high availability and fault tolerance to failures of entire data centres. With Availability Zones, Azure provides the most comprehensive set of high-availability and disaster recovery capabilities to meet your most demanding business continuity needs.

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Web Apps on Linux

Azure App Service provides default containers for versions of node.js and php that make it easy to quickly get up and running on the service. With our new container support, developers can create a customised container based on the defaults. For example, developers could create a container with specific builds of node.js and php that differ from the default versions provided by the service. This enables developers to use new or experimental framework versions that are not available in the default containers.

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Analysis Services

Built on the proven analytical engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services delivers enterprise-grade BI semantic modelling capabilities with the scale, flexibility and management benefits of the cloud. Azure Analysis Services helps you to transform complex data into actionable insights. And by leveraging the skills, tools and data your team has today, you can get more from the investments you’ve already made.

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Billing Alert Service

Use Azure Billing Alert Service to quickly and easily create customised billing alerts that help you to monitor and manage billing activity for your Azure accounts.

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Cognitive Services

A portfolio of APIs and SDKs that enable developers to easily add intelligent services, such as vision, speech, language, knowledge and search capabilities, to their solutions.

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Container Instances

Easily run containers with a single command. With Azure Container Instances, get started in seconds and lower your infrastructure costs by taking advantage of per-second billing. There are no container orchestration tools for you to learn – just your application, in a container, running in the cloud.

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Custom Decision Service

Create intelligent systems with a cloud-based, contextual decision-making API that sharpens with experience.

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Media Analytics

Azure Media Analytics provides a collection of speech and vision components that make it easier for organisations and enterprises to derive actionable insights from their video files through advanced machine learning technology. Azure Media Analytics services are hosted on the Azure Media Services platform, Azure’s cloud media solution for encoding, encrypting and streaming audio or video at scale, live or on demand (VOD). Media Analytics services are offered at enterprise scale, delivering the compliance, security and global reach that large organisations need.

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Performance-test Azure web and mobile apps

You can now do performance/load testing and verify the app performance under load. Generate thousands of virtual users from various locations across the globe, simulating real world traffic on your application. Use it for free with public preview of this functionality.

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R Server for HDInsight

R Server for HDInsight is a scale-out implementation of R integrated with Hadoop and Spark clusters created from HDInsight. It’s a 100 per cent open-source R implementation that runs in the cloud.

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Storage Service Encryption

Storage Service Encryption for Azure Blob storage helps you address organisational security and compliance requirements by automatically encrypting your Blob storage – including block blobs, page blobs and append blobs. Azure Storage handles all the encryption, decryption and key management in a totally transparent fashion. All data is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption; one of the strongest block cyphers available. You can enable this feature on newly created ARM storage accounts, and there is no additional charge for enabling this feature.

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Azure Active Directory conditional access policies

Azure Active Directory now provides conditional access policies that let you create access rules for Azure Active Directory-connected apps based on user location and group membership. More sensitive apps can be assigned stricter policies, such as requiring Azure Multi-Factor Authentication outside of the corporate network, while less sensitive apps can have more open policies.

Azure Active Directory Dynamic Group Membership

With this preview, administrators set rules on any group in Azure Active Directory based on user attributes such as “department” or “country” to dynamically define group membership. These groups can be used to provide access to applications or cloud resources or to assign licences to users.

Azure Active Directory password rollover

Azure Active Directory lets you assign shared application accounts to groups. This is particularly useful for managing access to company-owned social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. The real password for these accounts is only known to the administrator, while other members of the group use their work credentials to access them. This enhances security by letting you configure passwords to be automatically rolled over, which makes shared accounts more secure by automatically creating new, strong, complex passwords at an interval that you define, minimising the risk that company-owned social media accounts will be exploited.

Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management

Privileged Identity Management, a new feature of Azure Active Directory Premium, lets you discover, restrict and monitor privileged identities and their access to resources, and also enforce on-demand, just-in-time administrative access when needed. Access this new capability, currently available in public preview, through the Microsoft Azure portal.

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Azure Active Directory Self-service Access Requests

This preview lets Azure Active Directory users choose from a list of applications made available by their organisation and request access to them through a self-service process. This process can provide access to the chosen application either immediately or via an approval workflow.

Azure Database for MySQL

Azure Database for MySQL provides a managed database service for app development and deployment that allows you to stand up a MySQL database in minutes and scale on the fly – on the cloud you trust most.

With inclusive pricing models, you get all the capabilities you want, such as high-availability, security and recovery built in, at no extra cost.

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Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Azure Database for PostgreSQL provides a managed database service for app development and deployment that allows you to stand up a PostgreSQL database in minutes and scale on the fly – on the cloud you trust most.

With inclusive pricing models, you get all the capabilities you want, such as high-availability, security and recovery, built in, at no extra cost.

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Video Indexer

Quickly extract insights from videos using the artificial intelligence of Video Indexer. Detect words, identify faces and emotions, and build workflows.

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Custom Speech Service

Overcome speech recognition barriers such as speaking style, vocabulary and background noise.

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Speaker Recognition API

Identify individual speakers or use speech as a means of authentication with the Speaker Recognition API.

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QnA Maker API

Distil information into conversational, easy-to-navigate questions and answers.

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Custom Vision Service

Easily customise your own state-of-the-art computer vision models for your unique use case. Just upload a few labelled images and let Custom Vision Service do the hard work.

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Bing Entity Search API

Bing Entity Search API can help you enrich your app with the knowledge of the web. It lets you access the ever-growing Bing Knowledge Graph to get primary details about billions of real-world entities, such as people, places, films, books, things and local businesses.

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