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    February 2018

    Feb 27

    Public preview: Azure Backup integration with Azure Files

    You can back up file shares automatically based on policy and restore instantly to a point in time by using the Azure portal.

    January 2018

    Jan 31

    General availability: Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewalls for Azure Storage

    "Virtual Network Service Endpoints" and "Firewalls and Virtual Networks for Azure Storage" are generally available in all regions in the Azure public cloud and Azure Government.

    December 2017

    Dec 14

    GUID migration: Managed Disks and Blob storage

    As of December 6, 2017, consumption for Managed Disks and consumption for Blob storage are measured using separate GUIDs.

    November 2017

    Nov 20

    Name changes: Azure Queue storage

    Effective December 1, 2017, billing service names for Azure Queue storage will change.

    October 2017

    Oct 27

    Public preview expansion: VNet Service Endpoints and Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks

    The public previews for Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewalls and Virtual Networks for Azure Storage have been expanded to include all regions in the Azure public cloud.

    September 2017

    Sep 27

    Preview: Azure Data Box

    The Azure Data Box service is in preview. You can use it to move hundreds of terabytes of data into Azure with high speed, by using secure transfer appliances.

    Sep 26

    Azure Data Box

    The Azure Data Box is a secure, ruggedized, tamper resistant appliance created by Microsoft to help customers transfer large amounts of data into Azure Storage.

    Sep 21

    Support for blob storage lease management from the Azure portal

    You can conveniently manage leases on containers and blobs of storage accounts right from the Azure portal.

    Sep 21

    Azure Cloud Shell: New CLI tools added and font-size selection

    Microsoft routinely maintains and updates Azure Cloud Shell, including the addition of new CLI tools to improve your productivity. Learn about the CLI tools we recently added.

    Sep 5

    Manage stored access policies for storage accounts from within the Azure portal

    You can now manage the stored access policies for your storage accounts from within the Azure portal.

    July 2017

    Jul 26

    New look for Azure Storage overview blade in the portal

    In the Azure portal, the overview blade for storage accounts now loads faster, allows quickly accessible links to storage services, and includes upgraded metrics charts.

    Jul 18

    Improvements to blob upload blade in Azure portal

    There are multiple enhancements and fixes to the blob upload experience for storage accounts in the Azure portal.

    June 2017

    Jun 14

    Azure Storage Service Encryption support for Managed Disks

    Azure Storage Service Encryption (SSE) is now supported for Azure Managed Disks. SSE provides encryption-at-rest and helps safeguard your data.

    May 2017

    May 9

    Storage accounts available only in the Azure portal from May 15

    Effective May 15, 2017, storage accounts will be available only in the Azure portal.

    February 2017

    Feb 23

    Public preview: Loading files from Azure Blob storage into Azure SQL Database

    Azure SQL Database enables the direct load of files stored in Azure Blob storage by using BULK INSERT and OPENROWSET commands.

    Feb 6

    Announcing the new Azure Marketplace experience

    The new Azure Marketplace experience will help you discover and deploy products, deep dive for more info, and get hands-on experience.

    January 2017

    Jan 17

    Azure Storage Data Movement Library 0.5.0 release

    The newest release of the Data Movement Library supports more advanced features.

    December 2016

    Dec 22

    General availability: Larger block blobs in Azure Storage

    The introduction of larger block blobs increases the maximum file size from 195 GB to 4.77 TB.

    September 2016

    Sep 29

    Generally available: Storage Service Encryption for Azure Storage

    Accounts enabled with Storage Service Encryption will have data encrypted with Microsoft-managed keys using the industry-leading encryption algorithm, AES-256.