Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly Issue 157: 14th January 2018

Obviously one of the hot topics in the last few weeks has been the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerability, Episode 210 of the Azure Podcast covers this topic, how it's been addressed by Microsoft in Azure and on-premise.

If I had to name the biggest addition to the Azure ecosystem in 2017, it would be Cosmos DB. Rimma Nehme Group Product Manager of Azure Cosmos DB has written a great recap of 2017, and I have to say I'm really excited to see how the service will evolve in 2018. John Downs has embarked upon a 6 part series exploring Cosmos DB Server-Side Programming with TypeScript. Part 1 provides an introduction, while

Part 2 examines User-Defined Functions.

In another exciting announcment PowerShell Core 6.0 is Generally Available and Supported, this is the cross-platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux), and open-source version of PowerShell built upon .NET Core.

Justin Marks highlights a gotcha that VSTS will no longer allow creation of new MSA users with custom domain names backed by Azure AD. Compatibility Level 140 is now the default for Azure SQL Database.

New microservices guidance fordesigning, building, and operating microservices on Azure Kubernetes has been released, and finally a great article highlighting the power of Application Insights in: Better Decisions Through Better Analytics: Visual Studio App Center with Azure Application Insights.

AI + Machine Learning

Covering: Azure Batch AI, Azure Bot Service, Microsoft Genomics, Machine Learning services, Machine Learning Studio, Cognitive Services, Bing APIs, Computer Vision API, Content moderator, Custom Services, Emotion API, Face API, Language Understanding (LUIS), Linguistic Analysis API, QnA Maker API, Speaker Recognition API, Text Analytics API, Translator Speech API, Translator Text API, Web Language Model API


Covering: Azure Databricks, HDInsight, Data Factory, Stream Analytics, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, Power BI, Azure Analysis Services, Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, R Server for HDInsight, Data Catalog


Covering: Virtual Machines, Functions, Batch, Service Fabric, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances


Covering: Container Registry, Container Instances, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Web App for Containers


Covering: Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, SQL Data Warehouse, Redis Cache, SQL Server Stretch Database, SQL Server on virtual machines, Table storage, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database for MySQL

Developer Tools

Covering: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, SDKs, Developer tool integrations, CLIs, Blockchain Workbench


Covering: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations, Azure DevOps Projects, Azure Lab Services


Covering: Azure Active Directory, Multi-factor Authentication, Azure Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory B2C


Covering: Service Bus, Logic Apps, Event Grid

Internet of Things

Covering: IoT Hub, IoT Suite, IoT Edge, IoT Central, IoT solution accelerators, Time Series Insights, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere

Management and Governance

Covering: Backup, Site Recovery, App Insights, Azure Advisor, Sceduler, Automation, Log Analytics, Azure Monitor, Security & Compliance, Protection & Recovery, Automation & Control, Insight & Analytics, Azure Service Health, Microsoft Azure portal, Azure Resource Manager, Cloud Shell, the Azure mobile app, Azure Policy, Cost Management, Azure Managed Applications


Covering: Media services, Encoding, Live and On-Demand Streaming, Azure Media Player, Content Protection, Media Analytics, Video Indexer

Microsoft Azure Stack

Covering: Azure Stack


Covering: Azure Database Migration Service, Azure Migrate, Data Box


Covering: App Service (Mobile), Notification Hubs, Mobile apps, API apps, Visual Studio App Centre, Xamarin


Covering: ExpressRoute, Azure DNS, Virtual Network, Traffic Manager, Load Balancer, VPN Gateway, Application Gateway, Network Watcher


Covering: Azure Information Protection, Key Vault, Security Center, Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Advanced Threat Protection


Covering: App Service (Web), API Management, Content Delivery Network, Azure Search, Web apps, Azure SignalR Service

Azure Weekly Archive

If you would like to read more interesting articles from the Azure ecosystem check out our archive where you will find all of the back issues.

Contribute Content

If you would like to contribute any content to the Azure Weekly newsletter, please email