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Starting 21st December 2018, you will be able to associate your Cognitive Services subscription with an Azure Search skillset. The skillset execution will be charged as part of the Cognitive Services subscription. On 21st December 2018, we will also begin charging for image extraction as part of our document-cracking stage. Text extraction from documents will continue to be offered at no additional cost.
Public Preview of built-in images for Python on Azure App Service
Azure Monitor for containers is now generally available. Azure Monitor for containers monitors the health and performance of Kubernetes clusters hosted on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
Perform offline (one-time) migrations from on-premises or cloud implementations of MongoDB to Azure Cosmos DB by using the Azure Database Migration Service, which enables resilient migrations of MongoDB data at scale and with high reliability. To perform the migration, provision an instance of the Azure Database Migration Service from the Azure portal or via Azure CLI and create a project.
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is now generally available in East Asia.
Effective 1st February, 2019, names for Azure Database for MariaDB will change.
Effective 1st February, 2019, the resource GUIDs for Azure databases for MySQL and PostgreSQL will change due to the migration from Gen 4 compute to Gen 5 compute.
Azure Virtual Network service endpoints for Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now generally available in all Azure regions.
Customers can now scale up their compute to 64 vCores in the General Purpose pricing tiers and 32 vCores in the Memory Optimised tiers in Azure Database for MySQL.
Customers can now scale up their compute to 64 vCores in the General Purpose pricing tiers and 32 vCores in the Memory Optimised tiers in Azure Database for PostgreSQL.
You can now replicate and fail over virtual machines deployed in Availability Zones to other regions by using Azure Site Recovery. This capability is generally available in all regions that support Availability Zones.
Learn about updates made available to the Azure portal for December 2018.
Virtual network service endpoints for Azure Database for MariaDB are in public preview.
The serverless Azure Service Fabric Mesh Fall refresh is now available with improvements such as auto-scale and network and gateway resources in addition to storage improvements and fixes.
The Azure Container Service (ACS) will retire on 31st January 2020. Customers should begin transitioning to the Azure Kubernetes Service or other options now.
API Management is now available in preview in a new consumption-based usage plan called consumption tier.
Azure Service Fabric runtime version 6.4 with the corresponding SDK and tooling updates is now available with many enhancements.
The Azure Database for MariaDB service offers enterprise-ready, fully managed community MariaDB featuring open-source compatibility, built-in high availability and dynamic scaling, as well as flexible pricing.
Smaller SKUs for Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2