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    May 2019

    23 May

    GPU and HPC VM Price Promotion now available

    Announcing newly discounted promotional pricing for the NCv1, NVv1 and Hv1-series VM families.

    20 May

    Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure – Public Preview

    Generation 2 (UEFI Boot) Virtual Machines available in Azure for public preview

    15 May

    Reserved instance pricing in the Dev/Test Offer

    Reserved instances discounts are now available for VMs and Azure SQL Database instances created in your Dev/Test offer subscriptions.

    8 May

    Azure Red Hat OpenShift now available

    Azure Red Hat OpenShift, a fully managed Red Hat OpenShift service, jointly operated with Red Hat is now available.

    April 2019

    19 Apr

    Azure reservations: New experience and APIs for purchasing reservations

    Azure reservation updates include new purchase experience and APIs.

    19 Apr

    Reserved Capacity Pricing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now generally available

    Starting today, you can now use the Azure SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity pricing to reserve compute power for existing and future clusters. This option provides you savings up to 65% cDWU capacity.

    11 Apr

    Price reductions for Azure Container Instances are now available

    Azure Container Instances overall price reductions of anywhere between 35% and 50% depending on region and usage pattern.

    2 Apr

    Azure Search—New storage optimied service tiers are now in preview

    The new L-series tiers offer significantly more storage at a reduced cost per terabyte compared to the standard tiers. This is ideal for internal applications searching over large file repositories, archival scenarios when you have business data going back many years or e-discovery applications.

    2 Apr

    Reduced pricing for Azure AD B2C

    The Azure AD B2C service will no longer charge for "Stored Users" starting 1st April 2019, to lower the cost of managing consumer identities.

    1 Apr

    B-series update: B1ls is now available

    The new B1ls Azure virtual machine, which has the smallest memory and lowest cost among Azure VM instances, is now available.

    March 2019

    27 Mar

    Greater storage capacity and performance with new Azure Disks SKU

    New Azure managed disks SKUs for Premium SSDs, Standard SSDs and Standard HDDs will reach up to 32TiB (32,767 GB). Performance will now reach up to 20,000 IOPS and 900 MBps on Premium SSD Disks

    6 Mar
    6 Mar

    Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2008 are available now

    Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2008 are now available for purchase

    February 2019

    27 Feb

    General availability: Azure Lab Services

    Announcing the general availability of Azure Lab Services.

    December 2018

    19 Dec

    Dev/test pricing for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is now available

    Dev/test pricing is now available for SQL Database Managed Instance as part of the Azure Enterprise dev/test offer, providing a cost-effective way to run your development and testing workloads on Azure SQL Database.

    19 Dec

    Premium tier now available for the Azure Database Migration Service

    Azure Database Migration Service, the fully managed service designed for both operational database and data warehouse migrations, now supports offline and online migrations using the premium tier.

    6 Dec

    General availability: Increased compute in Azure Database for MySQL servers

    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.

    6 Dec

    General availability: Increased compute in Azure Database for PostgreSQL servers

    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.

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