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Azure Weekly Issue 176: 27th May 2018

Finally we can say goodbye to the influx of GDPR-triggered privacy policy updates we've all been receiving over the last couple of months from the services with which we are registered. The Azure team has taken the new law by the scruff-of-the-neck, highlighting Azure's New capabilities to enable robust GDPR compliance. Tom Kerkhove at Codit has also written a nice blog about Using Azure Serverless to become GDPR compliant

There has been a fair amount of announcements/updates this week, so let's take a look at those:

Aside from Microsoft's announcements, Milan Nankov has open-sourced his Azure Resource Policy Designer which aids the creation and modification of Azure resource policies. Check it out here.

Otherwise, there has been a number of engaging articles this week, some of which include: Serverless real-time notifications in Azure using Azure CosmosDB by Matias Quaranta, who uses Azure SignalR (currently in preview) along with Functions and Cosmos DB to create a real-time, serverless chat application; Taming the fire hose: Azure Stream Analytics by Vincent-Philippe Lauzon where Vincent highlights the specifics of the unsung hero of real-time data analytics; and 10 Reasons to Use Durable Functions by Mark Heath, where Mark points out the key advantages in light of the release of his new Azure Durable Functions Fundamentals Pluralsight course.

Finally, while I was at BUILD the OpenAPI.NET SDK reached v1.0, so I updated my original technical spike for converting OpenAPI documents in Visual Studio 2017, added support for the new Common Project System in VS 2017 and published the code to GitHub and an easy to install VSIX. If you want to add OpenAPI document to your Azure Functions, this extension is for you. Also, if you're interested in the topic of APIs, I can recommend the In the Mood for HTTP YouTube show hosted by Darrel Miller and Glenn Block.

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

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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