Azure updates

Get the latest updates on Azure products and features to meet your cloud investment needs. Subscribe to notifications to stay informed.

RSS feed

October 2020

Oct 22

Public preview: Zone redundant configuration for Azure SQL DB general purpose tier

IN PREVIEW

Make your general purpose databases and elastic pools resilient to a much larger set of failures, including catastrophic datacenter outages, without any changes of the application logic by selecting zone redundancy.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
Oct 14

Machine Learning open sourcing for R and Python Custom Runtime

NOW AVAILABLE

Announcing a general availability release that solves one of our customers’ pain points; the ability to bring a newer version of R and Python they may be using in their own companies.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Open Source
  • Features
Oct 14

Distributed database transactions spanning multiple Azure SQL Managed Instances

IN PREVIEW

Utilize distributed transactions (now in preview) and save time when migrating existing applications that require this capability as it eliminates the need to change application code and to perform extensive testing.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
Oct 2

Reserved capacity on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Obtain discounts on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale using reserved capacity.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Features

September 2020

Sep 22

Configurable Backup Storage Redundancy option for Azure SQL Managed Instance

NOW AVAILABLE

Now in general availability, locally redundant storage (LRS) and zone-redundant storage (ZRS) options have been added to backup storage redundancy, providing more flexibility and choice.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Azure AD authentication features for Azure SQL DB, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure SQL Managed Instance

IN PREVIEW

These new preview features extend existing functionality, remove user limitations, and provide customers with greater ease of use when setting up Azure SQL Database or Azure SQL Managed Instance.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Global virtual network peering support for Azure SQL Managed Instance now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Utilize global virtual network peering for your managed instances to save time through easy network configuration and by offloading your gateways from database replication traffic.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Hosting catalog databases for all supported versions of SSRS in Azure SQL Managed Instance

NOW AVAILABLE

Expand your ability to quickly migrate existing solutions to Azure SQL Managed Instance with new catalog database hosting capabilities.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Major performance improvements for Azure SQL Managed Instances

NOW AVAILABLE

Enhanced log write throughput and superior data/log IOPS make Azure SQL Managed Instances even more appealing for migration.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Machine Learning on Azure SQL Managed Instance in preview

IN PREVIEW

Machine Learning Services with support for R and Python languages now include preview support on Azure SQL Managed Instance.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Configurable backup storage redundancy options for Azure SQL Database coming soon

IN DEVELOPMENT

New Azure SQL Database backup storage options coming soon, including local and zone-redundant storage.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Enhanced management experience for Azure SQL Managed Instance

NOW AVAILABLE

The new OPERATIONS API adds the ability to monitor management operations, see operation steps, and take dependent actions based on operation progress.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
  • Management
Sep 22

Transactionally consistent database copy for Azure SQL Database Hyperscale tier

IN PREVIEW

Quickly and consistently copy a Hyperscale Azure SQL Database to make development and testing easier.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 21

General availability: Zone redundant configuration for Azure SQL Database in additional regions

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q3 2020

The zone redundant configuration for Azure SQL Database is now generally available in these additional regions: Canada Central, West US 2, and North Europe.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services
  • Regions & Datacenters
Sep 10

Additional Azure SQL Database gateways changes effective October 12, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE

Additional SQL Gateways are being added for Azure SQL Database in Germany West Central effective 12 October 2020.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services
Sep 8

Azure SQL Database Gateway with IP address 23.99.160.139 in Central US will be deactivated on 15th September 2020

NOW AVAILABLE

Sql Gateway IP address 23.99.160.139 in Central US will be deactivated on 15th September 2020 and it will no longer accept any traffic after that date.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services
Sep 2

User-initiated failover for application fault resiliency in Azure SQL Managed Instance is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Test the impact of automatic failover operations during planned or unplanned events before deployment to production by manually initiating automatic failover

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features

August 2020

Aug 19

Azure SQL Database gateways changes effective September 15, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE

Beginning September 15, 2020, new & existing Azure SQL Database gateways in multiple regions will start accepting traffic

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services
Aug 6

Additional Azure SQL Database gateways changes effective September 10, 2020

Additional SQL Gateways are being added for Azure SQL Database in West Central US and South Africa North effective 10 September 2020.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services
Aug 5

Backup storage cost savings for Azure SQL Database and Managed Instance

NOW AVAILABLE

Greater recovery period granularity and automated backup compression now available, helping to optimize your backup storage costs.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features

Azure at Microsoft Ignite

Resources

Download the quarterly Azure Updates retrospective.

2019 Q4

2019 Q3

2019 Q2

Read the Azure blog for the latest news.

Blog

Tell us what you think of Azure and what you want to see in the future.

Provide feedback

Azure is available in more regions than any other cloud provider.

Check product availability in your region