Monthly updates for April 2016
An update to the iOS Client SDK for Mobile Apps contains a fix to Azure Active Directory authentication and switches the SDK to use WebKit instead of WebView.
Target availability: Q2 2017
We've expanded our geo-replication features by enabling Active geo-replication across Azure SQL Database Basic and Standard service tiers.
The Azure IoT Gateway SDK, which facilitates the creation of on-premises gateways, enters public beta.
A new instance size, D5 v2, extends the Dv2-Series for Azure HDInsight. It has 16 cores and 56 GB of memory.
Azure DevTest Labs is now live in all 15 public regions that support Azure compute with Resource Manager, including Australia, Brazil, and more regions in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Cool Blob storage is now generally available. With the new Blob storage accounts, you can choose Hot and Cool access tiers to store data cost-effectively depending on its access pattern.
We are expanding the regional availability of Azure IoT Suite to include Australia and Japan, as well as Microsoft Azure Deutschland (preview), a Microsoft cloud with German data trustee T-Systems.
Azure Stream Analytics and Power BI integration is now generally available
We’ve added three articles to provide more details about how Microsoft Azure enables security from the ground up, about best practices for the IoT ecosystem, and about threat modeling for IoT scenarios.
Azure Search supports Azure tables as a data source.
Azure Container Service optimizes the configuration of popular open-source tools and technologies specifically for Azure. It provides an open solution that offers portability for both your containers and your application configuration. Today, it enters general availability.
Azure Automation is available in the Azure Southeast Australia region.
XML and SQL stored procedure functionality have been added to Logic Apps.
In Azure Automation, you can create an Azure Run As account (service principal) to use for authenticating with Azure when managing Azure Resource Manager resources.
You can purchase Standard SSL certificates or Wildcard SSL certificates.
In the Azure portal, you can jump to your resources, resource groups, and subscriptions no matter what you have open by using the global search box.
Introducing API Management templates: a new way to customize the content of your developer portal pages using a provided set of templates, localized string resources, icons, page controls, and DotLiquid syntax. With these new features, you have great flexibility to configure the content of the pages as you see fit.
The App Service team is shipping customer-facing supportability features to go along with Azure Functions and App Service Certificates.
Azure App Service customers can use App Service Certificates to purchase, configure, and manage SSL certificates from the Azure portal.
Azure Functions was released in public preview. Based on the WebJobs SDK, Azure Functions makes it easy to run a function on a schedule or on a new queue item.