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 Bot Service

Azure Bot Service enables rapid intelligent bot development, bringing together the power of the Microsoft Bot Framework and Azure Functions. Build, connect, deploy and manage intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever your users are talking. Allow your bots to scale based on demand, and you only pay for the resources you consume.

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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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Apache Kafka for HDInsight

Kafka for HDInsight is an enterprise-grade, open-source, streaming ingestion service that is cost-effective and easy to provision, manage and use. This service enables you to build real-time solutions such as IoT, fraud detection, click-stream analysis, financial alerts and social analytics.

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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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Application Insights

Application Insights is an all-in-one telemetry solution that helps you detect issues, solve problems and continuously improve your web applications. It’s designed to be an integral part of your development process and provides real-time 360° views of app availability, performance and usage. Take advantage of its powerful data exploration tools for swift proactive and reactive issue-handling. You can also understand how your users are using your application and make informed decisions to focus your investment where it matters most.

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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 enables developers to easily add intelligent services, such as vision, speech, language, knowledge and search capabilities, to their solutions.

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Dynamics 365 for Customer Insights

Customer Insights helps you to engage customers better by empowering your employees with actionable insights from a finished solution. Break organisational silos and bring together disparate customer data sets to create a dynamic 360-degree view of your customers’ interactions, engagement and purchase history.

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Media Analytics

Azure Media Analytics is 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 to 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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StorSimple Virtual Array

The StorSimple Virtual Array gives you the same benefits of StorSimple hardware appliances – primary storage, snapshots and offsite data protection through hybrid integration with Azure – in a virtual machine form. Offering incredible deployment flexibility, StorSimple Virtual Array supports both VMware and Hyper-V as host platforms and presents native iSCSI and SMB protocols.

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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.