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    March 2018

    Mar 6

    Name changes: Virtual Machines B-series US Gov

    Virtual Machines B-series naming will change on May 1, 2018, in all Azure Government regions.

    November 2017

    Nov 13

    Retiring Virtual Machines and Azure Cloud Services from the classic portal

    Starting November 15, 2017, Virtual Machines and Cloud Services will be available only in the Azure portal.

    August 2017

    Aug 23

    Azure Cloud Shell: Generate scripts by using mssql-scripter

    Use mssql-scripter, an open-source command-line interface, to generate database scripts in Azure Cloud Shell.

    May 2017

    May 10

    Introducing the Azure app (preview)

    With the Azure mobile app, you can check status and critical metrics of your Azure resources, get notifications and alerts, and perform simple operations to resolve common issues.

    July 2016

    Jul 28

    New generation of D-Series instances in Brazil South

    The new Dv2 instances carry the same CPU, memory, and disk configurations as the current D-Series, but they offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster.

    May 2016

    May 26

    New generation of D-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Cloud Services in Japan West

    The new generation of D-Series instances is available in Japan West. These Dv2 instances offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.

    October 2015

    Oct 2

    New generation of D-Series instances for VMs and Azure Cloud Services

    A new generation of D-Series instances can be used as VMs or Azure Cloud Services. These DV2 instances offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.

    May 2015

    May 4

    Multiple VIPs per cloud service

    Now you can assign more than one load-balanced public IP address to a set of virtual machines, enabling high-availability and high-scale scenarios.

    January 2015

    Jan 29

    Public Preview: Azure Active Directory Connect Health

    Azure AD Connect Health helps you monitor your on-premises identity infrastructure.

    October 2014

    Oct 28

    General Availability: Microsoft Antimalware for Cloud Services and VMs

    Microsoft Antimalware for Cloud Services and Virtual Machines (VMs) is now generally available to help identify and remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

    Oct 2

    General Availability: Instance-Level Public IPs

    With Instance-Level Public IPs, you can enable scenarios such as running FTP servers in Azure and monitoring virtual machines directly using their IPs.

    August 2014

    Aug 4

    Azure SDK 2.4 and Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 are available for download

    Azure development tooling features include support for WebJobs publishing, Dev/Test environments for Mobile Services, Remote debugging for Virtual Machines, Emulator Express, and more.

    Aug 4

    Azure PowerShell 0.8.6

    This Azure PowerShell release includes Compute, SQL Database, and Windows Azure Pack updates.

    July 2014

    Jul 21

    Reverse DNS support for Azure Cloud Services

    We’ve added support for reverse DNS for all Azure Cloud Services at no additional cost!

    May 2014

    May 12

    Azure PowerShell 0.8.1 and 0.8.2

    New support for Managed Cache, Azure Automation, Traffic Manager and the Anti-Malware Cloud Service extension.

    May 12

    General Availability: IP Reservation for VIPs

    Reserve public IP addresses and use them as virtual IP (VIP) addresses for your applications.

    May 12

    Microsoft Antimalware and security partnerships with Trend Micro and Symantec

    Microsoft Antimalware offers customers the ability to install an antimalware agent for both PaaS roles and virtual machines

    May 12

    Preview: Internal load balancing for virtual machines

    Load-balance Azure (VMs) with private IP addresses within a virtual network.

    May 12

    Preview: Azure Files

    Mount a shared file system and access it from various virtual machines in an Azure datacenter.

    May 6

    April 2014 Cloud Services Guest OS Release completed

    The April 2014 Guest OS release (versions 4.7, 3.14, 2.26, and 1.34), which incorporates all the latest MSRC updates, started release on May 2 and completed today May 6.

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