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Azure Weekly Issue 411: 26th March 2023

As you can probably guess it's an "AI all the things" week, with lots of announcements about GPT4 / OpenAI / Copilot. But there are a couple of interesting announcements. First off is the announcement of Data Wrangler for Visual Studio Code: A Power Query-Like Experience For Python People. This will be a boon for anyone do data wrangling for analytics or Machine Learning. Next is the announcement of Semantic Kernel. I dismissed this at first until I saw the article was written by Dr. John Maeda who wrote one of my favourite books: The Laws of Simplicity. There's a follow up article by Lee Stott: Unlock the Potential of AI in Your Apps with Semantic Kernel: A Lightweight SDK for LLMs. There's also a post about Upgrading from IntelliCode custom team completions models to deep learning (we have IntelliCode set up for each of our OSS projects), and of course introducing GPT-4 in Azure OpenAI Service.

Another interesting post is: How Microsoft uses Azure Maps Creator, which shows how you can map out your office space, and the potential to overlay this with real time data show where people are - which could be very using in the new hybrid working / hot desk world that lots of people are dealing with. Another big announcement is of Microsoft Loop, which requires a new M365 policy to be created in order to enable it: Learn how to enable the Microsoft Loop app, now in Public Preview. There is also an interesting post highlighting what's new in Speech Studio: Upload Your Own Videos and Audio for Captioning and Call Center Transcription. We've made use of some of these features to do transcript analysis of customer workshops and it's incredibly useful.

Three highlights of this edition are: Azure Policy for Azure Container Apps? Yes, please!, following on from my post last week about using Playwright to automate 2FA authentication, John Reilly writes Playwright, GitHub Actions and Azure Static Web Apps staging environments and there's a Building Static Web Apps with database connections: Best Practices.

Finally Barry Smart shares a write-up about the excellent SQLBits Conference that happened earlier this month, and includes a great summary of the sessions he attended.

AI + Machine Learning

Covering: Anomaly detector, Azure Bot Service, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Open Datasets, Bing APIs, Cognitive Services, Computer Vision, Content moderator, Custom vision, Data Science Virtual Machines, Face, Form Recogniser, Immersive Reader, Ink Recogniser, Language Understanding (LUIS), Machine Learning Studio, Microsoft Genomics, ML.NET, Personaliser, Project Cortex, QnA Maker, Speaker Recognition, Speech-to-Text, Speech translation, Text Analytics, Text to Speech , Translator Speech, Translator Text


Covering: Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, Azure Analysis Services, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Data Share, Azure Databricks, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, Data Catalog, Data Factory, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, HDInsight, .NET for Apache Spark, R Server for HDInsight, Azure Purview


Covering: Azure CycleCloud, Azure Dedicated Host, Azure Functions, Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple, Batch, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances, Service Fabric, Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets


Covering: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Red Hat OpenShift, CNAB, CNCF, Container Instances, Container Registry, Porter, WSL, Web App for Containers


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

Developer Tools

Covering: App Configuration, Azure Lab Services, CLIs, Developer tool integrations, SDKs, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Online


Covering: Azure Artifacts, Azure Boards, Azure DevOps, Azure Pipelines, Azure Repos, Azure Test Plans, Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations


Covering: Azure Active Directory (AD), Azure Active Directory B2C, Azure Active Directory Domain Services


Covering: Azure API for FHIR, Event Grid, Logic Apps, Service Bus

Internet of Things

Covering: Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Edge, Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT solution accelerators, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere, Azure Time Series Insights, IoT DevKit, WildernessLabs, Windows 10 IoT Core Services


Covering: Microsoft Certifications, Azure Certifications, Microsoft Learning Paths, Certification Pathway Information

Management and Governance

Covering: Automation, Azure Advisor, Azure Backup, Azure Blueprints, Azure Lighthouse, Azure Managed Applications, Azure mobile app, Azure Monitor, Azure Policy, Azure Resource Manager, Azure Service Health, Azure Site Recovery, Cloud Shell, Cost Management, Microsoft Azure portal, Scheduler, Azure Purview


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


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


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


Covering: Application Gateway, Azure Bastion, Azure DNS, Azure ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, Azure Firewall Manager, Azure Front Door, Azure Internet Analyzer, Azure Private Link, Content Delivery Network, Load Balancer, Network Watcher, Traffic Manager, Virtual Network, Virtual WAN, VPN Gateway, Web Application Firewall


Covering: Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Information Protection, Azure Sentinel, Key Vault, Security Center


Covering: Archive Storage, Avere vFXT for Azure, Azure Data Lake Store, Azure FXT Edge Filer, Azure HPC Cache, Azure NetApp Files, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, File Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, Storage Accounts, Storage Explorer, StorSimple

Azure Virtual Desktop

Covering: Azure Virtual Desktop

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