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Monthly updates for January 2021

Jan 29

General availability: Text Analytics' Named Entity Recognition v3 now supports 10 languages with improved AI quality

NOW AVAILABLE

With support for more entity categories and more languages, using Text Analytics NER enables organizations to extract higher quality insights from unstructured text.

  • Text Analytics
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • Features
Jan 28

General availability: Azure Machine Learning Output Datasets

NOW AVAILABLE

Read data in the cloud efficiently with Output datasets.

  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Features
Jan 28

Public preview: Azure Machine Learning Data Labeling – Image Instance Segmentation

IN PREVIEW

Data Labeling in Azure Machine learning gives you a central place to create, manage, and monitor labeling projects.

  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Features
Jan 28

Azure Sphere version 21.01 is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

This release includes new memory and current control functions as well as new features in the SDK.

  • Azure Sphere
  • SDK and Tools
  • Operating System
Jan 28

Azure Service Fabric Mesh Preview Retirement

Target retirement date: April 28, 2021

Today, we are announcing the retirement of the Azure Service Fabric Mesh public preview. New deployments will no longer be available but we will continue to support existing deployments until April 28, 2021.

  • Service Fabric
  • Retirements
Jan 27

Azure API Management Updates - January, 2021

NOW AVAILABLE

A regular Azure API Management service update was started on January 21, 2021, and included several new features and bug fixes, along other improvements. It may take several weeks for your API Management service to receive the update.

  • API Management
  • Services
  • Features
Jan 27

Resource instance rules for access to Azure Storage now in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Resource instance rules enable secure connectivity to Azure Storage by restricting access to specific resources of select Azure services. Resource instance rules to control access to Azure Storage are now in preview in all Azure public regions.

  • Storage Accounts
  • Security
  • Features
Jan 27

Azure Cognitive Services Translator - Inuktitut language text translation now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Translate to or from Inuktitut into any of the more than 70 languages available in Translator.

  • Speech Translation
  • Translator
  • Features
Jan 26

99.99% uptime for Azure Active Directory Premium customers is coming April 1st, 2021

IN DEVELOPMENT

SLA for Azure AD is increasing the up-time commitment to 99.99% for Azure AD Premium customers to support the need for an Identity service with high resilience and low interruptions.

  • Azure Active Directory
  • Security
  • Services
  • Features
Jan 26

Germany West Central Availability Zones now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Microsoft is pleased to announce that Azure Availability Zones are now generally available from the Germany West Central datacenter region. Azure Availability Zones (AZs) feature in the broad portfolio of services and products that enable organizations to create resilient, highly available applications for mission-critical workloads.

  • Regions & Datacenters
Jan 26

South Central US Availability Zones now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in the South Central US region. These three new zones provide customers with options for additional resiliency and tolerance to infrastructure impact.

  • Regions & Datacenters
Jan 26

Confluent Cloud Integration with Azure is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Confluent and Microsoft have worked together to enable seamless integration experience between Azure and Confluent Cloud – a managed Apache Kafka service. This service will enable you to provision Confluent Cloud resources using Azure client interfaces like portal/CLI/SDKs. Other integration points include single sign-on using Azure Active directory and unified billing through Azure with an option to draw down on existing Azure commits.

  • Services
  • Features
Jan 25

Python 3.9 in Azure Functions is now in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Announcing some enhancements to the development experience for Python workloads in Azure Functions, including support for Python 3.9.

  • Azure Functions
  • Features
Jan 25

Azure Data Factory is now available in two additional regions

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Factory is now available in two new regions: China North 2 and South India

  • Azure Data Factory
  • Services
  • Features
  • Regions & Datacenters
Jan 25

General availability: Azure HDInsight extends capabilities for encryption of data in transit and at rest

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) encryption in transit is now generally available. HDInsight also supports version-less keys for customer-managed key (CMK) encryption at rest.

  • HDInsight
  • Security
Jan 25

New Azure Cloud Services deployment model in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Use Azure Cloud Services (extended support), now in public preview, to increase regional resiliency and gain access to new capabilities that the Azure Resource Manager-based deployment model provides.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Services
  • Features
Jan 22

Generally available: Copy Blob support over private endpoints in Azure Storage

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Storage now supports copying of data between storage accounts using private endpoints. This includes support for the Copy Blob API and utilities such as AzCopy.

  • Storage Accounts
  • Azure Private Link
  • Security
  • Services
  • Features
Jan 22

Action Required: Upgrade IoT Hub IP filter before 1 February 2022

Target retirement date: February 01, 2022

The upgraded IP filter protects the built-in endpoint and is more secure.

  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Retirements
Jan 21

Azure Boards - New enhancements to Delivery Plans 2.0

NOW AVAILABLE

In this sprint, we're enhancing Delivery Plans 2.0 with new condensed views and rollup information.

  • Azure DevOps Projects
  • Azure DevOps
  • Azure Boards
  • Features
Jan 21

Public preview: Automatic Cluster Upgrades in AKS

IN PREVIEW

AKS simplifies the task of deploying new Kubernetes releases by enabling users to configure automatic cluster upgrades.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features

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