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Azure Weekly Issue 445: 19th November 2023

Well, what an interesting week it has been. .NET 8.0 was released, there was .NET Conf 2023, then Microsoft Ignite (AKA "Copilot ALL the things!"), and then some unexpected news from OpenAI. This issue is an absolute beast. As ever the Ignite Book of News 2023 is a great place to start for all the official announcements. It's worth going through with a highlighter and marking the things that might be relevant to your organisation. I'm not going to try and summarise everything here, just pull out a few things I found interesting. YMMV!

First up .NET 8.0, the next LTS version of .NET, was released as was Visual Studio 17.8. The .NET Conf 2023 sessions are now available on demand. And a special shout out to Ian Griffiths who presented a session on Modernizing Reactive Extensions for .NET. The Azure Product Groups have put in huge effort to ensure Day 1 support for new releases of .NET; Azure Functions being one of the main use cases: GA: Azure Functions supports .NET 8 in the isolated worker model, they also announced Azure Functions Flex Consumption: sign up for the early access preview, which looks like the Consumption Plan everyone has been asking for. The .NET ❤️ AI session is worth a watch too.

There were so many announcements at Ignite, but the highlights for me were: Microsoft Fabric workloads are now generally available (we've been giving our opinions about Fabric since it was first announced, so are very excited to have reached this milestone). I wanted to give a shout out to Tom Peplow (who you may recognise from our "Decision Makers Guide to Microsoft Fabric" series), who featured in one of the Microsoft Fabric case study videos "Milliman enables self-service actuarial modeling with Microsoft Fabric".

Microsoft announced they have developed two custom chips, Maia 100 and Azure Cobalt to deal with the demands of AI workloads. More detailed covered in Microsoft Azure delivers purpose-built cloud infrastructure in the era of AIAzure Boost (which offloads traditional CPU workloads to custom hardware) also became GA. Another long-gestating innovation has made it to Public Preview: Announcing the preview of Azure Managed Confidential Consortium Framework which is a framework for building multi-party confidential workloads (Party A brings the algorithm, Party B brings the data) that run on Azure Confidential Computing infrastructure.

The last three articles of note; Azure OpenAI Architecture Patterns and implementation steps, and two bits of architectural guidance Deepening Well-Architected guidance for workloads hosted on Azure and Azure Well-Architected Review Assessment Updates. I hope you enjoy the rest of this edition!

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, Azure Analysis Services, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Data Share, Azure Databricks, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, Data Factory, Event Hubs, HDInsight, Microsoft Purview, Microsoft Fabric


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: 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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