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    May 2017

    May 10

    Azure Enterprise Agreement Support Plan Upgrade Offer extended until June 30, 2018

    The Enterprise Agreement Support Plan Upgrade Offer is being extended. For Azure customers who use an Enterprise Agreement, this offer provides an additional level of access to support from Microsoft.

    • Pricing & Offerings

    March 2017

    Mar 31

    General availability: Azure Monitor

    Azure Monitor, the central source and pipeline for monitoring data from Azure, is now generally available.

    • Azure Monitor
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Mar 17

    L-Series storage-optimized virtual machines

    L-Series virtual machines are optimized for storage-intensive workloads and offer four new VM sizes.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings

    February 2017

    Feb 8

    Introducing Microsoft Azure IP Advantage

    Microsoft Azure IP Advantage provides comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks with uncapped indemnification and access to a portfolio of thousands of Microsoft patents.

    • Compliance
    • Pricing & Offerings

    November 2016

    Nov 19

    Azure Cosmos DB: Paper about the TCO of running a NoSQL database is available

    Azure Cosmos DB Principal Engineering Manager Kirill Gavrylyuk recently published a paper that compares the TCO of running a NoSQL database in multiple scenarios.

    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Nov 18

    New generation of A-series instances for Azure Virtual Machines

    A new generation of A-series instances is available for Azure Virtual Machines. These Av2 instances carry the same CPU configurations but have more RAM per vCPU.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Nov 16

    General availability: Azure Functions

    The Azure Functions experience is generally available, including the consumption compute model (formerly called "dynamic compute").

    • App Service
    • Azure Functions
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Nov 16

    General availability: G-series for Azure Cloud Services

    The G-series is available on Azure Cloud Services in US West, US East 2, Europe West, Asia Southeast, Australia East, Canada Central, Canada East, Germany Central, and US Gov Virginia.

    • Pricing & Offerings

    October 2016

    Oct 14

    General availability: UltraPerformance Gateway tier for Azure ExpressRoute

    UltraPerformance Gateway connects a virtual network to an Azure ExpressRoute circuit and provides five times the network throughput of HighPerformance Gateway.

    • ExpressRoute
    • VPN Gateway
    • Pricing & Offerings

    September 2016

    Sep 29

    H-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines now available

    At launch, the H-Series will be among the fastest virtual machines available in Azure in terms of performance per core (ACU benchmark).

    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters

    August 2016

    Aug 25

    Public preview: Computer Vision API and Academic Knowledge API in Cognitive Services

    Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs that enable developers to tap into high-quality vision, speech, language, knowledge, and search technologies.

    • Cognitive Services
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Aug 25

    Public preview: N-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines

    N-Series instances are enabled with NVIDIA’s cutting-edge GPUs so you can run GPU-accelerated workloads and visualize them.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Aug 24

    G-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines available in Canada Central and Canada East

    Azure Virtual Machines customers can take advantage of the G-Series instances now available in Canada Central and Canada East.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Aug 24

    General availability: New Azure SQL Database Premium performance level, P15

    P15 offers 4000 Database Transaction Units (DTUs)—that’s twice as powerful as our P11 offering—with extremely fast transactional performance, real-time analytics, and up to 1 TB of storage.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Aug 24

    General availability: Azure SQL Data Warehouse now in more regions

    Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now generally available in additional regions—North Europe, Japan East, Brazil South, and Australia Southeast.

    • SQL Data Warehouse
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services

    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.

    • Cloud Services
    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Jul 28

    General availability: Apple FairPlay Streaming for Azure Media Services

    Apple FairPlay Streaming is Apple’s digital rights management (DRM) format that protects both Video on Demand (VOD) and live streams.

    • Media Services
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Jul 15

    General availability: Service Bus Premium Messaging released to general availability

    To better support a broader array of mission-critical cloud apps, Azure Service Bus Premium messaging is now generally available.

    • Service Bus
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • SDK and Tools
    Jul 14

    G-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines available in Australia East

    Azure Virtual Machines customers can take advantage of the G-Series instances now available in Australia East.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Jul 13

    General availability: Microsoft Azure IoT Hub S3 edition

    Microsoft Azure IoT Hub S3 addresses enterprise scenarios where you have a large number of devices that generate large amounts of data and must transmit messages frequently.

    • Azure IoT Hub
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings

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