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Azure Weekly Issue 450: 21st January 2024

Thankfully a much smaller edition than last week, but still packed for of great content. First up, AI. Future-Proofing AI: Strategies for Effective Model Upgrades in Azure OpenAI, some very useful Security Best Practices for GenAI Applications OpenAI in Azure, and a post covering how the barriers to entry for orgs wishing to adopt M365 Copilot have been removed: Expanding availability of Copilot for Microsoft 365.

In Analytics, the inaugural Microsoft Fabric conference has been announced: save your seat at the ultimate Fabric learning event, and a useful guide showing how to enable Copilot in Fabric for Everyone

In Serverless, .NET Aspire was announced late last year, and although the positioning is a little confused, it seems to be gaining traction. There's a useful article showing how to deploy apps to Azure Container Apps easily with .NET Aspire. A helpful post on Migrating to v4 Azure Functions Node.js with TypeScript, and a post that solves a problem I came across last week when trying to upgrade one of our internal projects: Azure Functions: .NET 8 Functions worker is missing from the Azure Function project in Visual Studio 2022.

Azure AD changed to "Entra" and the pace of innovation has continued to accelerate, so this blog post is very welcome: Microsoft Entra's Top 50 Features of 2023. Graph databases are an incredibly powerful tool. There's lots of bleeding edge research about the power of Knowledge Graphs and LLMs, but graphs can also be used for more classical problem solving too. This is a great post about such a scenario: How Kusto graph semantics can help solve a classic graph problem: the Seven Bridges of Knigsberg.

Finally, I wanted to highlight a book about Reactive Programming, that we've just made available for free. Introduction to Reactive Extensions for .NET 2nd Edition (2024). Rx.NET (160 million downloads and counting) was created by Microsoft's Cloud Programmability Group in 2009 for a Cloud Native future which has now arrived. We (endjin) became the core maintainers of the project in January 2023, and we spent 2023 H2 working on the 2nd edition of this book, which is now almost 100k words in length, has new marble and sequence diagrams explaining many of the operators, and examples which focus on cloud native scenarios such as IoT, and stream data processing. The book is available for FREE as PDF, EPUB, Online, and on GitHub. Please download and enjoy, or share with any .NET Developers in your org.

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: 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


Covering: API apps, API Management, App Service (Web), Azure Cognitive Search, Azure SignalR Service, Azure Spring Cloud, Web apps

Azure Virtual Desktop

Covering: Azure Virtual Desktop

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