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As we ushered in 2018, our industry was busy responding to an industry-wide, hardware-based security vulnerability related to CPU data cache timing. We updated the Azure infrastructure to address this vulnerability at the hypervisor level. You can get more details about the steps taken to address this vulnerability here: Securing Azure customers from CPU vulnerability.

As announced last month (Azure portal update for classic portal users), today is the official sunset date for the Azure classic portal, The Azure portal (, which launched in December 2015, is now the place to find all of our services and your resources.


Azure Data Lake tools integrates with VSCode Data Lake Explorer and Azure Account – Learn about the Azure Data Lake Tools extension in VS Code, which provides a lightweight, cross-platform, authoring experience for U-SQL scripts.

Asynchronous refresh with the REST API for Azure Analysis Services – Introduces the REST API for Azure Analysis Services, which enables you to perform asynchronous data-refresh operations instead of using long-running HTTP connections from client applications.

Build richer apps with your time series data – Check out the new Time Series Insights (TSI) developer tools, which include an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template, API code samples, and developer docs.

Azure #CosmosDB: Recap of 2017 – Rimma Nehme, GPM for Azure Cosmos DB + Open Source Software Analytics, provides a look back on a year's worth of Azure Cosmos DB milestones.

Azure Analysis Services features on Azure Friday – Christian Wade stops by to chat with Scott Hanselman about how to use Azure Analysis Services diagnostic logging and query scale out. These features provide high scalability and monitoring for IT-owned “corporate BI” and are much easier to set up in Azure than on-premises.

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Migration checklist when moving to Azure App Service – If you're preparing to move your application to Azure PaaS services, especially Azure App Service, be sure to review this collection of items to consider. In addition, check out the Azure App Service Migration Assistant (available for both Windows and Linux sites).

Maximize your VM’s Performance with Accelerated Networking – now generally available for both Windows and Linux – Accelerated Networking (AN) is generally available (GA) and widely available for Windows and the latest distributions of Linux providing up to 30Gbps in networking throughput, free of charge.

New Content

Designing, building, and operating microservices on Azure – The AzureCAT patterns and practices team published new guidance about microservices titled, Designing, building, and operating microservices on Azure.

Whitepaper: Selecting the right secure hardware for your IoT deployment – The second white paper of the IoT Security Lifecycle series, The Right Secure Hardware for Your IoT Deployment, is now available for download.

Service updates

Azure shows

Azure Advisor Updates – Matt Wagner joins Scott Hanselman to talk about Azure Advisor, your personalized cloud service for Azure best practices that helps you to improve availability, enhance protection, optimize performance of your Azure resources, and maximize the return on your IT budget. In this episode, you'll learn about the latest set of improvements to Advisor that enable you to attain a comprehensive view of Advisor's advice across all your subscriptions and to customize Advisor to the needs of your specific organization.

The Azure Podcast: Episode 210 – CPU Vulnerability – Evan talks about the hot issue of the CPU vulnerability that's been addressed by Microsoft in Windows on Azure and on-premises. He discusses the reason for the reboots of all the Azure servers and how customers can alleviate the impact of these reboots.

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