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Azure Weekly Issue 449: 14th January 2024

Welcome to issue 449 of Azure Weekly, the first edition of 2024, which, quite staggeringly is the 10th year of publication!

After a break of a month, this edition is absolutely heaving; there are a fair number of retrospective posts; it's amazing to see how much Azure services and developer tooling has improved over the past year - the power of iterative and incremental change really does make an impact, even over a relatively short timespan. There are a few announcements, but the majority of the content is articles and how-to's.

2023 seemed to be the year that AI became mainstream and "AI / Copilot all the things" started in earnest. If you look at this edition, the AI & Machine Learning section ~40 articles, but because AI is being pervasively integrated into so many services, it's also spread across the other sections too. And with Microsoft Fabric going GA late last year, there's an equal amount of articles in the Analytics section too.

In the last few weeks before the festive break I was inundated with requests for briefings from CxO's and Technical Decision Makers which broadly fell into two camps: "What should we be doing with AI?" and "Should we bet on Microsoft Fabric as our strategic data platform?". Two weeks into 2024 and that trend is continuing.

I did want to highlight that Ed Freeman produced two more videos in his excellent "Microsoft Fabric end-to-end demo" series, this time focusing on the Silver layer; first the theory Role of the Silver Layer in the Medallion Architecture and then the practice: Processing Bronze to Silver using Fabric Notebooks. Jess Hill has also been busy sharing learnings about Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse: How to access choice labels from Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse with PySpark and with SQL.

I hope you enjoy this edition - it may take you a couple of cups of your favourite beverage to get through it all.

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

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

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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