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May 2020

May 14

Azure Sphere update 20.05 is now available for compatibility testing

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Sphere update 20.05 is now available for evaluation via the retail evaluation feed. The retail evaluation period provides 14 days for backwards compatibility testing.

  • Operating System
May 11

Azure Log Analytics agent for Windows SHA-2 signing date has been extended

Target availability: Q3 2020

The Azure Log Analytics agent for Windows will begin to use SHA-2 signing exclusively on Aug. 17, 2020. This change requires action only if you’re running the agent on a legacy OS version.

  • Log Analytics
  • Azure Monitor
  • Automation
  • Security Center
  • Azure Sentinel
  • Management
  • Operating System
  • Security
May 5

Azure Sphere update 20.04 is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

The 20.04 release of Azure Sphere OS includes new features to support EAP-TLS networking and certificate management. A single Windows SDK now supports both Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools

April 2020

Apr 29

Azure Sphere 20.04 update 2 is now available for compatibility testing

NOW AVAILABLE

This update fixes a bug that prevented ISU features (SPI, I2C, UART) from working in RTApps. Azure Sphere 20.04 update 2, now available on the retail evaluation feed, fixes this problem.

  • Operating System
Apr 20

Azure Sphere 20.04 Update 1 is now available for compatibility testing

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Sphere 20.04 Update 1 will replace Azure Sphere 20.04 for compatibility testing in the evaluation feed. This update fixes a bug that was reported by customers during the initial Retail Evaluation period.

  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools
Apr 8

Azure Sphere update 20.04 is now available for compatibility testing

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Sphere update 20.04 is now available via the retail evaluation feed, which is meant for backwards compatibility testing. Use it to verify production-signed applications against the new release before it's deployed broadly via the retail feed.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools
Apr 2

New Azure RTOS Collaborations with Semiconductor Industry Leaders

IN PREVIEW

Embedded developers can now access reliable, real-time performance for resource-constrained devices and seamless integration to Azure IoT. STMicroelectronics, Renesas, Qualcomm, NXP and Microchip will offer development kits featuring Azure RTOS.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Security Center
  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools
  • Security

March 2020

Mar 31

Azure Stack HCI with accelerated AI and machine learning

IN DEVELOPMENT

Target availability: Q2 2020

Deploy accelerated AI cloud workloads and your own business logic, as well as other Azure services, to run on Azure Stack HCI via standard containers by using GPUs with Azure IoT Edge. This is done by using an NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU) with Azure Stack HCI using discrete device assignment (DDA) technology and running Azure IoT Edge in an Ubuntu virtual machine.

  • Azure Stack HCI solutions
  • Operating System
Mar 25

Azure Sphere update 20.03 is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

New Azure Sphere update 20.03, which includes enhancements and bug fixes in the Azure Sphere OS, is now available in the retail feed.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System
Mar 23

Flatcar Container Linux available in Azure Marketplace

NOW AVAILABLE

Flatcar Container Linux by Kinvolk is now available in the Azure Marketplace. Flatcar is an immutable Linux distribution for containers, and a compatible fork of CoreOS Container Linux.

  • Gallery
  • Operating System
  • Pricing & Offerings
Mar 18

Action Required—Log Analytics agent for Windows will enforce SHA-2 signing on May 18, 2020

Target availability: Q2 2020

The Log Analytics agent for Windows, sometimes known as the OMS Windows agent or Microsoft Monitoring agent, will begin to enforce SHA-2 signing on May 18, 2020. This change only requires action if you are running the agent on a legacy OS version (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008).

  • Log Analytics
  • Azure Monitor
  • Automation
  • Security Center
  • Azure Sentinel
  • Microsoft Build
  • Operating System
  • Security
Mar 11

Azure Sphere 20.03 update now available for compatibility testing

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Sphere 20.03 release is now available via the retail evaluation feed, which is meant for backwards compatibility testing. Use it to verify production-signed applications against the new release before it's deployed broadly via the retail feed.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System

February 2020

Feb 24

A secure foundation for IoT, Azure Sphere now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Sphere, the end-to-end solution for securing IoT devices, is now generally available with integrated hardware, software, and cloud services that work seamlessly to deliver active security by default.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System
  • Security
  • Services
Feb 20

Azure Sphere update 20.01 is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Sphere update 20.01 is now available in the retail feed. This update includes enhancements to the OS and SDK to further strengthen the security of devices at customer sites and ensure supportability.

  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools
Feb 4

The Azure Sphere Preview 20.01 release is now available for retail evaluation

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Sphere Preview 20.01 release is now available via the retail evaluation feed. Verify that your applications and devices operate properly with this release before it is deployed broadly in 14 days.

  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools

January 2020

Jan 17

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Bring-Your-Own-Subscription Gold Images now Generally Available in Azure

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q1 2020

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) bring-your-own-subscription (BYOS) images, also referred to as RHEL Gold images, are now generally available in Azure with a simple automated sign-up process. This new automated sign-up process provides faster and simpler access to the gold images.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Linux Virtual Machines
  • Red Hat Linux
  • Gallery
  • Open Source
  • Operating System
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Services

December 2019

Dec 17

Serial console for Azure Virual Machines now available in US Government Cloud

IN PREVIEW

Serial console is now available in preview in the Azure US Government Cloud, allowing customers in the government-only clouds to access the serial console of their VMs or virtual machine scale set instances.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Linux Virtual Machines
  • Windows Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Features
  • Management
  • Open Source
  • Operating System
  • Regions & Datacenters
  • Services
Dec 6

Azure Sphere update 19.11 is now available via retail feed

IN PREVIEW

The Azure Sphere preview, OS version 19.11, is now available via the retail feed. This release includes a quality release of the OS along with two new features for application development—an SDK for Linux and a Visual Studio Code extension.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools
Dec 3

Update 19.11 for Azure Sphere public preview now available for evaluation

IN PREVIEW

The Azure Sphere public preview 19.11 quality release is now available via the retail evaluation feed. The retail evaluation is meant for backwards compatibility testing. Use the retail evaluation feed to verify production-signed applications against the new release before we deploy it broadly on the retail feed.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System

November 2019

Nov 7

Update 19.10 for Azure Sphere now available

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Sphere public preview 19.10 quality release of the OS is now available via the Retail feed. The 19.10 release also includes a new Azure Sphere SDK with some significant capability enhancements.

  • Azure Sphere
  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools

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