ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Data Share snapshot sharing for SQL Database and Synapse generally available You can now share structured data stored in relational databases and data warehouse easily and securely between internal departments, with external partners, vendors or customers for collaboration. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-share-snapshot-sharing-for-azure-sql-database-and-azure-synapse-analytics/
Azure Machine Learning updates December 2020 in public preview Azure Machine Learning has new updates on View capabilities. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-updates-december-2020/
Azure Databricks now generally available in the Azure China region The availability of Azure Databricks in China enables global enterprises to provide a consistent experience for customers in this region. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-databricks-now-generally-available-in-the-azure-china-region/
Azure Digital Twins now generally available: Create IoT solutions that model the real world Today, organizations are showing a growing appetite for solutions that provide a deeper understanding of not just assets, but also the complex interactions across environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-digital-twins-now-generally-available-create-iot-solutions-that-model-the-real-world/
App Configuration is now generally available in China and US Government clouds Customers can now store configuration in these government clouds, leading to better performance and less latency when making configuration requests. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/app-configuration-is-now-generally-available-in-china-and-us-government-clouds/
Automatic VM placement and Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets available on Dedicated Host Azure can now select the dedicated host to which your VM is deployed. Additionally, Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets can be deployed in conjunction with Dedicated Hosts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/automatic-vm-placement-and-azure-virtual-machine-scale-sets-available-on-dedicated-host/
Azure Automation is now available in Norway East region Automate tasks across Azure & Non-Azure environment using PowerShell and Python based scripts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-in-norway-east-region/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server: logical decoding feature is now generally available With logical decoding and wal2json support, unlock change data capture scenarios with Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-single-server-logical-decoding-feature/
App Service Environment v3 now available in public preview Available with no stamp fee via new Isolated v2 SKU. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/app-service-environment-v3-now-available-in-public-preview/
Azure Blob storage—NFS 3.0 protocol support public preview now supports GPV2 storage accounts NFS 3.0 support for Azure Blob Storage preview now supports premium performance tier in all available regions and lower cost standard performance tier in Australia East, Korea Central, and South Central US. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-blob-storage-nfs-30-protocol-support-public-preview-now-supports-gpv2-storage-accounts/
Intel SGX based confidential computing VMs now available on Azure Dedicated Hosts The new DCsv2_Type1 Dedicated Host SKUs add confidential computing capabilities to Azure Dedicated Hosts. The DCsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines can help protect the confidentiality and integrity of your data and code while it’s processed in the public cloud. Dedicated hosts will provide further isolation from other tenants, further enhancing the isolation aspect of secure applications within confidential computing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/intel-sgx-based-confidential-computing-vms-now-available-on-azure-dedicated-hosts/
App Service Anti-Virus Logs in public preview Receive improved application monitoring with support for anti-virus scans . https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/app-service-antivirus-logs-in-public-preview/
Harness analytical and predictive power with Azure Synapse Analytics Since its preview announcement, we’ve witnessed incredible excitement and adoption of Azure Synapse from our customers and partners. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/harness-analytical-and-predictive-power-with-azure-synapse-analytics/
GA: Azure Red Hat OpenShift support for OpenShift 4.5 Benefit from new features and enhancements in OpenShift release 4.5. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ga-azure-red-hat-openshift-support-for-openshift-45/
Azure resource logs for Azure Storage is now in public preview With Azure Storage logs and native export options, it’s more convenient to troubleshoot issues on requests to your storage account. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-resource-logs-for-azure-storage-is-now-in-public-preview/
Azure Stack Edge Kubernetes system is now available Azure Stack Edge includes a managed Kubernetes environment so you can deploy your containerized apps to the edge with the click of a button. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-stack-edge-kubernetes-system/
HBv2-series VMs for HPC are now available in UAE North Azure’s most powerful and scalable HPC VMs, the HBv2-series, are now available in the UAE North region. Customers in this region can now run scale-out MPI workloads to tens of thousands of CPU cores. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hbv2series-vms-for-hpc-are-now-available-in-uae-north/
Azure Functions custom handlers are now generally available You can develop Azure Functions using languages and runtimes that do not currently have first-class support. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-functions-custom-handlers-are-now-generally-available/
Azure Databricks now available in Azure Government Azure Databricks is now available in US Gov Arizona and US Gov Virginia regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-databricks-now-available-in-azure-government/
Azure Modular Datacenter – Mission resiliency for the field Defense and national security missions often occur away from headquarters and in the field, where things happen quickly and rapid decision making can translate to success or failure. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-modular-datacenter-mission-resiliency-for-the-field/
Azure portal to end support for Internet Explorer 11 on March 31, 2021 Start using the using the new Edge browser from Microsoft. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-portal-to-end-support-for-internet-explorer-11-on-march-31-2021/
Azure Sphere OS version 20.12 Update 1 is now available for evaluation This release fixes an Ethernet connection issue for devices with both Wi-Fi and Ethernet enabled. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-os-version-2012-update-1-is-now-available-for-evaluation/
SAP and Microsoft partner to deliver supply chain and Industry 4.0 solutions in the cloud Current market conditions demonstrate how heavily the world relies on technology to increase the resilience of the supply chain, and how important agility and data insights are to enable quick decision-making and shifts in strategy to serve rapidly changing needs. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/sap-and-microsoft-partner-to-deliver-supply-chain-and-industry-40-solutions-in-the-cloud/
Azure Storage account recovery available via portal is now generally available Recover you deleted storage account directly from the portal. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-storage-account-recovery-available-via-portal/
Public preview: AKS pod identity Access cloud resources securely from AKS applications using Azure Active Directory (AAD). https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-aks-pod-identity/
Private Link support for Azure Automation is now generally available Ensure a secure channel to connect to your Automation Accounts resources with the help of Private Links in Automation. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-private-link/
Azure Stack HCI delivers world-class hyperconverged infrastructure As a new normal has been defined by a worldwide pandemic and economic changes this year, businesses have sought new ways to optimize the delivery of their goods and services and better IT cost efficiency in an increasingly remote work environment. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-stack-hci-delivers-world-class-hyperconverged-infrastructure/
Deprecation of webview sign-in support announcement from Google Google is deprecating webview support starting January 4, 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/deprecation-of-webview-support-announcement-from-google/
General availability: AKS resources view Azure portal now provides a Kubernetes resource view that improves the developer experience and simplifies dev/test scenarios. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ga-aks-resources-view/
Grafana query editor for Azure Data Explorer is in public preview With the new Grafana query builder, it is now possible to build dashboards in just a few clicks using a simple graphical experience. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/grafana-query-editor-for-azure-data-explorer/
Public preview: Azure Monitor for containers new Reports(tab) & deployment live logs Now access all your Kubernetes related visualizations such as Node-disk, Node-network, Workloads & Persistent Volume, and many more in new Reports(tab). As part of this update you can also view, search, and filter pod Live Logs of AKS deployments for quick troubleshooting. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azmon-reports-livelogs/
Azure Data Factory data flow connectors now generally available for CDM and Delta Lake. Azure Data Factory (ADF) has make data flow connectors for ETL data loading, transforming, and landing in Common Data Model (CDM) and Delta Lake formats. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-factory-data-flow-connectors-now-generally-available-for-cdm-and-delta-lake/
Azure Data Factory is now available in five new regions Azure Data Factory is now available in five new regions: Switzerland North, Japan West, Canada East, Germany West Central, and UK West. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-factory-is-now-available-in-six-new-regions/
The broadest range of cloud innovation across US Government data classifications Today, we are announcing the expansion of our mission-critical cloud for US Government with new capabilities in Azure Government, the expansion of Azure Government Secret, and the announcement of a new cloud to serve customers with top secret classified data—Azure Government Top Secret. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/the-broadest-range-of-cloud-innovation-across-us-government-data-classifications/
Microsoft Azure Purview provides unified data governance Announcing the public preview of a unified data governance service to maximize business value of data. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/microsoft-azure-purview-provides-unified-data-governance/
HoloLens 2 Development Edition expands to new markets The Development Edition combines the capabilities of HoloLens 2 with Azure, Unity, and Pixyz to empower developers to build interactive experiences and render 3D holographic content with people, places, and things. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hololens2-development-edition-expanded-markets/
Java Azure Functions support on Linux is now generally available Developers can now build and publish Java Azure Functions Apps on Linux. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/java-azure-functions-support-on-linux-is-now-generally-available/
New Azure Monitor Agent and Data Collection Rules capabilities released in public preview The new Azure Monitor Agent and the Data Collection Rules feature of Azure Monitor are announcing the release of several key features including support for on-premises servers (with Arc installed) and virtual machines scale sets, as well as sample ARM templates for programmatic installation and management, in addition to portal UI. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-azure-monitor-agent-and-data-collection-rules-capabilities-released/
Private link for Azure SQL Data Sync on Azure SQL Database now in public preview Private link enables SQL Data Sync users to choose a service managed private endpoint for the sync service to securely connect to member and hub databases during data synchronization. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/private-link-for-sql-data-sync-on-azure-sql-database-now-in-preview/
Public preview: Azure Data Explorer dashboards October update Azure Data Explorer dashboards keeps evolving constantly. In this update we cover cascading filters, clickable URLs in tables, multi-stat cards, and text font size control in stat cards. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-explorer-dashboards-october-update/
Azure Stack Edge Virtual Machine Support is in public preview Azure Stack Edge hosts Azure virtual machines so you can run your VM based IoT, AI, and business applications on an Azure appliance at your location. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-stack-edge-virtual-machine-support/
Azure IoT Central new and updated features—November 2020 November updates include IoT Plug and Play support, new pricing tier, a preview of the jobs API, and documentation updates. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-central-feature-updates-november-2020/
Machine Learning on Azure SQL Managed Instance now available Use machine learning capabilities on a Managed Instance of Azure SQL Database for ease of moving your data, packages, and models to a cloud ready environment fully configured for machine learning. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/machine-learning-on-azure-sql-managed-instance-now-available/
New features are now available for Azure Form Recognizer Pre-built invoice, enhanced table extraction, and more available in Azure Form Recognizer https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/prebuilt-invoice-model-enhanced-table-extraction-japanese-support-and-lots-more-now-in-azure-form-recognizer/
Transparent Data Encryption with customer-managed keys for SQL Database Hyperscale This feature enables bring your own key (BYOK) support for data protection at rest, using Azure Key Vault, for Azure SQL Database Hyperscale customers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/transparent-data-encryption-with-customermanaged-keys-for-sql-database-hyperscale/
Public preview: Automatic Cluster Upgrades in AKS AKS simplifies the task of deploying new Kubernetes releases by enabling users to configure automatic cluster upgrades. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-automatic-cluster-upgrades-in-aks/
Azure Repos – New enhancements to pull request experience In this sprint, we're doubling down our investments in the pull request experience with a list of new enhancements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-repos-new-enhancements-to-pr-experience/
Event hubs on Azure Stack Hub is now generally available The GA version of Event Hubs is now available on Azure Stack Hub. This will allow you to realize cloud and on-premises scenarios that use streaming and event-based architectures. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/event-hubs-on-azure-stack-hub-is-now-generally-available/
Microsoft to establish new datacenter region in Denmark The new region is anticipated to include Microsoft Azure, with Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform to follow. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/microsoft-to-establish-new-datacenter-region-in-denmark/
Infrastructure Encryption for Azure Monitor dedicated clusters now generally available Customers using Azure Monitor dedicated cluster get high level of assurance that their data is secure with additional 256-bit AES encryption at the Azure Storage infrastructure level. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/infrastructure-encryption-for-azure-monitor-dedicated-clusters-now-available/
Enabling IBM WebSphere Liberty and Open Liberty on Azure Red Hat OpenShift Customers can easily deploy a variety of robust, production-ready WebSphere Liberty or Open Liberty architectures on Azure Red Hat OpenShift. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/enabling-ibm-websphere-liberty-and-open-liberty-on-azure-red-hat-openshift/
Microsoft introduces steps to improve internet routing security The internet runs on the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). A network or autonomous system (AS) is bound to trust, accept, and propagate the routes advertised by its peers without questioning its provenance. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-introduces-steps-to-improve-internet-routing-security/
Logic Apps runtime platform updates and development capabilities This public preview refresh deepens development and testing support across platforms and offers the ability to deploy and run on Azure, on any container, or on premises. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/logic-apps-public-preview-extends-platform-support-offers-new-development-capabilities/

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