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Azure: Announcing New Real-time Data Streaming and Data Factory Services

The last three weeks have been busy ones for Azure. Two weeks ago we announced a partnership with Docker to enable great container-based development experiences on Linux, Windows Server and Microsoft Azure. Last week we held our Cloud Day event and announced our new G-Series of Virtual Machines as well as Premium Storage offering. The G-Series VMs provide the largest VM sizes available in the public cloud today (nearly 2x more memory than the la

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Announcing Open Source of .NET Core Framework, .NET Core Distribution for Linux/OSX, and Free Visual Studio Community Edition

This week we are holding our Connect() developer event in New York City. This is an event that is being streamed online for free, and it covers some of the great new capabilities coming with the Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 5 releases. You can watch the event live as well as on-demand here. I just finished giving the opening keynote of the event during which I made several big announcements: Announcing the Open Sourcing of the .NET Core Runtime a

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Azure: Premium Storage, RemoteApp, SQL Database Update, Live Media Streaming, Search and More

Today we released a number of great enhancements to Microsoft Azure. These include: Premium Storage: New Premium high-performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine workloads RemoteApp: General Availability of Azure RemoteApp service SQL Database: Enhancements to Azure SQL Databases Media Services: General Availability of Live Channels for Media Streaming Azure Search: Enhanced management experience, multi-language support and more DocumentD

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ScottGu Azure event in London on March 2nd

On March 2nd I‘m doing an Azure event in London that you can attend for free. I‘ll be speaking for about 2.5 hours and will do an end-to-end walkthrough of Microsoft Azure, show off a bunch of demos of great new features/capabilities, and talk about some of the improvements coming out over the next few months. You can sign-up and attend the event for free (while tickets last - they are going fast). If you are interested sign-up now.

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Azure: Machine Learning Service, Hadoop Storm, Cluster Scaling, Linux Support, Site Recovery and More

Today we released a number of great enhancements to Microsoft Azure. These include: Machine Learning: General Availability of the Azure Machine Learning Service Hadoop: General Availability of Apache Storm Support, Hadoop 2.6 support, Cluster Scaling, Node Size Selection and preview of next Linux OS support Site Recovery: General Availability of DR capabilities with SAN arrays I‘ve also included details in this blog post of other great

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Introducing ASP.NET 5

The first preview release of ASP.NET 1.0 came out almost 15 years ago. Since then millions of developers have used it to build and run great web applications, and over the years we have added and evolved many, many capabilities to it. I‘m excited today to post about a new release of ASP.NET that we are working on that we are calling ASP.NET 5. This new release is one of the most significant architectural updates we‘ve done to ASP.NET.

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Announcing the new Azure App Service

In a mobile first, cloud first world, every business needs to deliver great mobile and web experiences that engage and connect with their customers, and which enable their employees to be even more productive. These apps need to work with any device, and to be able to consume and integrate with data anywhere. I‘m excited to announce the release of our new Azure App Service today - which provides a powerful new offering to deliver these sol

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Announcing General Availability of Azure Premium Storage

I‘m very excited to announce the general availability release of Azure Premium Storage. It is now available with an enterprise grade SLA and is available for everyone to use. Microsoft Azure now offers two types of storage: Premium Storage and Standard Storage. Premium Storage stores data durably on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and provides high performance, low latency, disk storage with consistent performance delivery guarantees. Premium

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New Azure Billing APIs Available

Organizations moving to the cloud can achieve significant cost savings. But to achieve the maximum benefit you need to be able to accurately track your cloud spend in order to monitor and predict your costs. Enterprises need to be able to get detailed, granular consumption data and derive insights to effectively manage their cloud consumption. I‘m excited to announce the public preview release of two new Azure Billing APIs today: the Azure

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Released Today: Visual Studio 2015, ASP.NET 4.6, ASP.NET 5 & EF 7 Previews

Today is a big day with major release announcements for Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio 2013 Update 5, and .NET Framework 4.6. All these releases have been covered in great detail on Soma‘s Blog, Visual Studio Blog, and .NET Blog. Join us online for the Visual Studio 2015 Release Event, where you can see Soma, Brian Harry, Scott Hanselman, and many other demo new Visual Studio 2015 features and technologies. This year, in a new segment ca

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Announcing Windows Server 2016 Containers Preview

At DockerCon this year, Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, demonstrated the first ever application built using code running in both a Windows Server Container and a Linux container connected together. This demo helped demonstrate Microsoft‘s vision that in partnership with Docker, we can help bring the Windows and Linux ecosystems together by enabling developers to build container-based distributed applications using the tools and pl

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Announcing Great New SQL Database Capabilities in Azure

Today we are making available several new SQL Database capabilities in Azure that enable you to build even better cloud applications. In particular: We are introducing two new pricing tiers for our Elastic Database Pool capability. Elastic Database Pools enable you to run multiple, isolated and independent databases on a private pool of resources dedicated to just you and your apps. This provides a great way for software-as-a-service (SaaS) dev

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Announcing the Biggest VM Sizes Available in the Cloud: New Azure GS-VM Series

Today, we‘re announcing the release of the new Azure GS-series of Virtual Machine sizes, which enable Azure Premium Storage to be used with Azure G-series VM sizes. These VM sizes are now available to use in both our US and Europe regions. Earlier this year we released the G-series of Azure Virtual Machines which provide the largest VM size provided by any public cloud provider. They provide up to 32-cores of CPU, 448 GB of memory and 6.59

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Better Density and Lower Prices for Azure‘s SQL Elastic Database Pools

A few weeks ago, we announced the preview availability of the new Basic and Premium Elastic Database Pools Tiers with our Azure SQL Database service. Elastic Database Pools enable you to run multiple, isolated and independent databases that can be auto-scaled automatically across a private pool of resources dedicated to just you and your apps. This provides a great way for software-as-a-service (SaaS) developers to better isolate their individual

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Online AzureCon Conference this Tuesday

This Tuesday, Sept 29th, we are hosting our online AzureCon event which is a free online event with 60 technical sessions on Azure presented by both the Azure engineering team as well as MVPs and customers who use Azure today and will share their best practices. I‘ll be kicking off the event with a keynote at 9am PDT. Watch it to learn the latest on Azure, and hear about a lot of exciting new announcements. We‘ll then have some fanta

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Announcing General Availability of HDInsight on Linux + new Data Lake Services and Language

Today, I‘m happy to announce several key additions to our big data services in Azure, including the General Availability of HDInsight on Linux, as well as the introduction of our new Azure Data Lake and Language services. General Availability of HDInsight on Linux Today we are announcing general availability of our HDInsight service on Ubuntu Linux. HDInsight enables you to easily run managed Hadoop clusters in the cloud. With today‘

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AzureCon Keynote Announcements: India Regions, GPU Support, IoT Suite, Container Service, and Security Center

Yesterday we held our AzureCon event and were fortunate to have tens of thousands of developers around the world participate. During the event we announced several great new enhancements to Microsoft Azure including: General Availability of 3 new Azure regions in India Announcing new N-series of Virtual Machines with GPU capabilities Announcing Azure IoT Suite available to purchase Announcing Azure Container Service Announcing Azure Security C

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I‘m speaking at a Free AzureCraft event in London on June 3rd

I‘ll be in the UK next week presenting at the free AzureCraft event being held on June 3rd and 4th. This event was created by the UK Azure User Group and is a great way to learn about Azure as well as engage with the Azure community in the UK. What‘s new in Azure Talk I‘ll be speaking on June 3rd from 9:30-11:30am on ‘What‘s new in Azure‘. It is going to have a lot of new content and highlight some of the cool

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Welcoming the Xamarin team to Microsoft

As the role of mobile devices in people‘s lives expands even further, mobile app developers have become a driving force for software innovation. At Microsoft, we are working to enable even greater developer innovation by providing the best experiences to all developers, on any device, with powerful tools, an open platform and a global cloud. As part of this commitment I am pleased to announce today that Microsoft has signed an agreement to

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