ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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General availability: Azure Monitor container insights portal experience update Refreshed experience with accessibility updates and new reliable recommended alerts & metrics for monitoring your container resources. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azmon-ci-uxrefresh/
General availability: Azure NetApp Files waitlist removal Azure NetApp Files, one of the fastest growing bare-metal Azure services is now available to Azure customers directly from the Azure portal, CLI, API or with SDK – without having to go through waitlist approval process.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-netapp-files-waitlist-removal/
General availability: Azure Sphere version 21.10 expected on Oct. 20, 2021 Participate in the retail evaluation now to ensure full compatibility. The OS evaluation period for 21.10 provides 14 days for backward compatibility testing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-sphere-version-2110-expected-on-oct-20-2021/
General availability: Announcing the release of Swiss German dialect speech recognition support Microsoft speech service just released the de-CH locale that recognizes Swiss dialects as well as standard German as part of our speech to text offering. This enables the creation of smart speech solutions tailored to Switzerland’s market needs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/release-of-swiss-german-dialect-speech-to-text/
South Africa North Availability Zones now generally available Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in the South Africa North region. These three new zones provide customers with options for additional resiliency and tolerance to infrastructure impact. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/south-africa-north-availability-zones-now-generally-available/
Korea Central Availability Zones now generally available Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in the Korea Central region. These three new zones provide you with options for additional resiliency and tolerance to infrastructure impact. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/korea-central-availability-zones-now-generally-available/
New Azure VMware Solution updates and global expansion drives customer success Azure VMware Solution is an easy way to extend and migrate existing VMware environments to run them natively on Azure. Azure VMware Solution offers symmetry with on-premises environments, ensuring datacenter migrations can be accelerated, and the benefits of the cloud can be realized sooner. Today, we are adding two new regions for Azure VMware Solution: Brazil South and East US 2. With this, Azure VMware Solution is now available in 17 Azure regions globally. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/new-azure-vmware-solution-updates-and-global-expansion-drives-customer-success/
HCX Enterprise Edition is now generally available for Azure VMware Solution VMware HCX is the primary migration solution for organizations moving VMware workloads natively to a cloud service like Azure VMware Solution. The HCX Enterprise Edition, now generally available with Azure VMware Solution, is a premium HCX service that includes Replication Assisted vMotion and Mobility Optimized. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hx-enterprise-edition-is-now-generally-available-for-azure-vmware-solution/
The wait (list) is over: Azure NetApp Files is enterprise-ready in your Azure portal We announced the general availability of Azure NetApp Files in May 2019. Since then, we have worked with customers to successfully migrate and run some of their most important production workloads. Today, we are announcing the removal of the waiting list for this service. The capabilities, scale, performance, and cost-efficiency of Azure NetApp Files are unmatched in the cloud, and we look forward to continuing our work with customers to enable some of their most demanding workloads in the cloud. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/the-wait-list-is-over-azure-netapp-files-is-enterpriseready-in-your-azure-portal/
Windows Virtual Desktop is now generally available on Azure Virtual Desktop Deploy Windows 11 desktops and applications on Azure Virtual Desktop and utilize new capabilities while optimizing for cost. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/windows-virtual-desktop-is-now-generally-available-on-azure-virtual-desktop/
Azure Applied AI Services | Latest public preview enhancements to Azure Form Recognizer Azure Form Recognizer now offers a pre-built version of the service in preview for document extraction as well as the following capabilities in preview: signature detection, hotel receipts processing, and deeper extraction of content from US driver's licenses. In addition, the service is now easier to use with Form Recognizer Studio and new REST APIs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-applied-ai-services-latest-public-preview-enhancements-to-azure-form-recognizer/
Azure Security Center: Public preview updates for September 2021 Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure Security Center in September 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-september2021/
Azure NetApp Files Datastores for Azure VMware Solution is coming soon Azure VMware Solution NFS datastores on Azure NetApp Files is currently in private preview and is coming soon. The solution provides more choice to optimize and scale storage for Azure VMware Solution environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-netapp-files-datastores-for-azure-vmware-solution-is-coming-soon/
Microsoft named a Leader in 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for data integration tools We are announcing that Microsoft has been named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools. By leveraging Microsoft’s data integration tooling to combine disparate data sources, automate processes, and manage their data estates, our customers set the stage to deliver value to their teams through clear and actionable insights. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-named-a-leader-in-2021-gartner-magic-quadrant-for-data-integration-tools/
Azure Maps Geolocation Service is now generally available Develop customized geolocation-based content and services with Azure Maps Geolocation. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-maps-geolocation-service-is-now-generally-available/
Azure Stream Analytics: 2 new regions are now generally available Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed, real-time analytics service designed to help you analyze and process fast moving streams of data that can be used to get insights, build reports, or trigger alerts and actions. The service is now available in 2 new China regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-stream-analytics-2-new-regions-are-now-generally-available/
Azure Functions Python 3.9 support is now generally available Python developers can now take advantage of the version enhancements in Python 3.9 using Azure Functions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-functions-python-39-support-is-now-generally-available/
General availability: Azure DevOps September 2021 updates With September updates, we added support for wild cards and conditional expressions in YAML pipeline files. In addition, we included multiple improvements to Delivery Plans. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-devops-september-2021-updates/
Public preview: Dynamic concurrency in Azure Functions Azure Functions dynamic concurrency feature simplifies configuring concurrency for your function apps. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-dynamic-concurrency-in-azure-functions/
Azure VMware Solution now available in Brazil South and East US 2 regions Azure VMware Solution has now expanded availability to Brazil South and East US 2, this update is in addition to the existing availability across multiple Azure regions in US, Europe, Australia, Japan, UK, Canada, and Southeast Asia. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-vmware-solution-now-available-brazil-south-and-east-us-2/
Public preview of Azure NetApp Files Backup capability Azure NetApp Files backup expands the data protection capabilities of Azure NetApp Files by providing fully managed backup solution for long-term recovery, archive, and compliance. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-of-azure-netapp-files-backup-capability/
Microsoft named as a Leader in 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service We are excited to share that Microsoft is named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (EiPaaS), for the fourth time in a row. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-named-as-a-leader-in-2021-gartner-magic-quadrant-for-enterprise-integration-platform-as-a-service/
Public preview: Standard network features for Azure NetApp Files Standard network features for Azure NetApp Files volumes is now in public preview in select regions. This includes support for increased IP limits, Network Security Groups, User-defined routes, and additional connectivity patterns like connectivity over Active/Active VPN gateway and ExpressRoute FastPath https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-standard-network-features-for-azure-netapp-files/
Reminder: Azure Service Management API for Messaging Services will be retired on 1 November 2021 Transition to Azure Resource Manager by 1 November 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asm-api-messaging-services-retirement/

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