Microsoft Connect(); 2018 news and highlights

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AI + Machine Learning

Azure Machine Learning service is now available

Azure Machine Learning service, a cloud service that enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models, is now generally available.

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Custom Translation capability of Text Translator

Announcing general availability of custom translation capability in Translator Text Cognitive Service

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Language Understanding Container Support: Preview

Announcing Language Understanding Cognitive Service Container Support in Preview

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Open Source ONNX Runtime

ONNX Runtime, a high-performance inference engine for machine learning models, is now being open sourced.

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Analytics

Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge is now available

Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge empowers developers to deploy near-real-time analytical intelligence closer to IoT devices so that they can unlock the full value of device-generated data.

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Smaller SKUs for Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2

Smaller SKUs for Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2

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Blockchain

Version 3.0 of the Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK in preview

The Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK helps developers build Azure Cosmos DB applications with the SQL API and perform various operations more easily. The preview of version 3.0 is now available for download or to provide feedback on GitHub. The SDK targets .NET Standard 2.0 and has many new features including a new, intuitive object model, support for streams, and other performance improvements.

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Azure Cosmos DB new shared database offer now available

Throughput provisioned at the database level now starts at 400 RU/s per database and can be shared across any or all containers within a database.

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CORS Support in Azure Cosmos DB

Now generally available, Azure Cosmos DB offers service level, global CORS (cross-origin resource sharing) support which enables web browser-based applications to directly connect to Azure Cosmos DB. CORS is an HTTP (hyper-text transfer protocol) feature that enables web applications running on one domain to request resources from another domain. This new support offers functionality and security for cross-origin requests to developers using Azure Cosmos DB via the JavaScript SDK.

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Cognitive Services - Language APIs

Custom Translation capability of Text Translator

Announcing general availability of custom translation capability in Translator Text Cognitive Service

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Language Understanding Container Support: Preview

Announcing Language Understanding Cognitive Service Container Support in Preview

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Compute

Now available: Azure Service Fabric Mesh fall refresh

The serverless Azure Service Fabric Mesh Fall refresh is now available with improvements such as auto-scale and network and gateway resources in addition to storage improvements and fixes.

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JavaScript support for Durable Functions is now available

Orchestrate your serverless workflows programmatically using the Durable Functions extension to the Azure Functions runtime, which will support JavaScript in general availability (GA) to be used for production workloads.

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Azure Functions, Python support is in preview

Azure Functions now supports Python development on the Functions 2.0 runtime.

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Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) virtual node is in preview

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) virtual node allows developers to elastically provision additional pods inside Container Instances that start in seconds.

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Now available: Azure Service Fabric runtime version 6.4 & SDK updates

Azure Service Fabric runtime version 6.4 with the corresponding SDK and tooling updates is now available with many enhancements.

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Deploy Service Fabric Ubuntu clusters on-premise using Bosh

Using Bosh as the deployment mechanism provides a way to define the deployment, monitor the cluster and auto-heal the infrastructure.

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Azure Container Instances (ACI) GPU support public preview

ACI now allows developers to choose GPU enabled containers. GPUs are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads. This enables developers to run intensive jobs required for machine learning.

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Serverless Community Library

The Serverless Community Library is an open-source set of prebuilt components based on common use cases using Functions and Logic Apps.

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Azure Functions, Consumption plan for Linux - Public Preview

Azure Functions will now support consumption plan for deploying to Linux.

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Containers

Now available: Azure Service Fabric Mesh fall refresh

The serverless Azure Service Fabric Mesh Fall refresh is now available with improvements such as auto-scale and network and gateway resources in addition to storage improvements and fixes.

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JavaScript support for Durable Functions is now available

Orchestrate your serverless workflows programmatically using the Durable Functions extension to the Azure Functions runtime, which will support JavaScript in general availability (GA) to be used for production workloads.

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Azure Functions, Python support is in preview

Azure Functions now supports Python development on the Functions 2.0 runtime.

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Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) virtual node is in preview

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) virtual node allows developers to elastically provision additional pods inside Container Instances that start in seconds.

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Now available: Azure Service Fabric runtime version 6.4 & SDK updates

Azure Service Fabric runtime version 6.4 with the corresponding SDK and tooling updates is now available with many enhancements.

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Deploy Service Fabric Ubuntu clusters on-premise using Bosh

Using Bosh as the deployment mechanism provides a way to define the deployment, monitor the cluster and auto-heal the infrastructure.

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Azure Container Instances (ACI) GPU support public preview

ACI now allows developers to choose GPU enabled containers. GPUs are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads. This enables developers to run intensive jobs required for machine learning.

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Serverless Community Library

The Serverless Community Library is an open-source set of prebuilt components based on common use cases using Functions and Logic Apps.

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Azure Functions, Consumption plan for Linux - Public Preview

Azure Functions will now support consumption plan for deploying to Linux.

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Databases

Public preview: Virtual network service endpoints for Azure Database for MariaDB

Virtual network service endpoints for Azure Database for MariaDB are in public preview.

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General availability: Azure Database for MariaDB

Azure Database for MariaDB is generally available.

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Version 3.0 of the Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK in preview

The Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK helps developers build Azure Cosmos DB applications with the SQL API and perform various operations more easily. The preview of version 3.0 is now available for download or to provide feedback on GitHub. The SDK targets .NET Standard 2.0 and has many new features including a new, intuitive object model, support for streams, and other performance improvements.

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Azure Cosmos DB new shared database offer now available

Throughput provisioned at the database level now starts at 400 RU/s per database and can be shared across any or all containers within a database.

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CORS Support in Azure Cosmos DB

Now generally available, Azure Cosmos DB offers service level, global CORS (cross-origin resource sharing) support which enables web browser-based applications to directly connect to Azure Cosmos DB. CORS is an HTTP (hyper-text transfer protocol) feature that enables web applications running on one domain to request resources from another domain. This new support offers functionality and security for cross-origin requests to developers using Azure Cosmos DB via the JavaScript SDK.

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Integration

API Management flexible subscriptions is in preview

API Management consumption tier users can now create subscriptions at different levels, and subscriptions are no longer required to be associated with a developer account.

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