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Azure Weekly Issue 171: 22nd April 2018

We hope that anyone involved in the global Azure bootcamp yesterday had a fun and beneficial time. We hope that the organizers, volunteers and sponsors got the recognition they deserved - these events can't happen without them. We, at endjin, were otherwise engaged yesterday at DDD South West in Bristol, UK, where we hosted a couple of talks on CosmosDB and Data Lake, and sponsored the event as part of a wider company initiative to support and contribute more deeply to the developer community. We'd like to take the time to thank all of our subscribers for taking the time to read our newsletter, especially the new subscribers we reeled in from the event yesterday! You've come to the best place to receive your weekly fix of Azure news. Let's crack on and begin this week's edition...

In one of the most interesting pieces of news this week we see Microsoft embracing a Linux kernel for its new IoT security solution: Introducing Microsoft Azure Sphere: Secure and power the intelligent edge. How times change!

There has been a barrage of GUID/Name alterations to numerous Azure services this week. Let's start by explicitly pointing all these out for those who may be affected:

Now onto the more interesting announcements:

In last week's edition we congratulated the winning team of the Imagine cup who created a Bot that helps with job interviews. This week another finalist's work was detailed. Team Soothey created an RNN-Powered Mental Healthcare Bot using the Microsoft Bot framework along with various other tools. A brilliant submission.

Ever wondered how the VSTS team does branching? Edward Thomson answers that question in this intriging article. Elsewhere, John Downs has nicely demystified Managed Service Identities on Azure.

Finally, here's an update on Azure Saturday 2018 if you're planning to attend!

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: Storage, StorSimple, Data Lake Store, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, File Storage, Storage Explorer, Archive Storage


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

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