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Microsoft Anounces New Billing Features In The Azure Preview Portal.
April 3, 2014

Billing features are now a part of every service blade in the Preview portal. You can view your billing info in various ways including charts and visualizations that give you at-a-glance insights into each of your subscriptions.

Access Apps Now Have General Availability For Office 365 Customers.
February 3, 2014

The new General Avaliability features include the following benefits for Office 365 subscribers:

1) Access app creators can now sell their apps in the SharePoint Store.
2) Access apps are covered by the standard Office 365 SLA and compliance level.
3) Access apps are available to all users, including Office 365 subscriptions where the administrator has disabled preview features since Access apps are no longer in preview.

Access apps are now generally available for Office 365 Small Business, Midsize, Enterprise, and Education customers. Office 365 Government customers are still in preview.

Microsoft Access 2013 Runtime is now available for download.
July 5, 2013

You can now download the free Microsoft Access 2013 Runtime which enables you to distribute Access 2013 applications to users who do not have the full version of Access 2013 installed on their computers.

Microsoft Announces Updates to Windows Azure SQL Database
January 14, 2013

Microsoft announced new features added to Windows Azure SQL Databases. Those features include the following:

  • SQL Server support for Linked Server and Distributed Queries against Windows Azure SQL Database.
  • Recursive triggers are now supported in Windows Azure SQL Database.
  • DBCC SHOW_STATISTICS is now supported in Windows Azure SQL Database.
  • Ability to configure Windows Azure SQL Database firewall rules at the database level

Microsoft's Scott Guthrie Announces Improvements to the Windows Azure Portal
October 9, 2012

One of the major improvements is the ability to create and manage subscription Co-Administrators who have equal rights over the subscription as the original Administrator. Another significant improvement of the Azure Management Portal is support for importing and exporting SQL Databases to and from Blob Storage in the form of a BACPAC file. BACPAC files can contain schema definition and table data.

Microsoft Announces New Service Updates to Windows Azure SQL Database
September 19, 2012

The new features include:

  • SQL Server support for Linked Server and Distributed Queries against Windows Azure SQL Database.
  • Recursive triggers are now supported in Windows Azure SQL Database.
  • DBCC SHOW_STATISTICS is now supported in Windows Azure SQL Database.
  • Ability to configure Windows Azure SQL Database firewall rules at the database level.

New SQL Server support for Linked Server and Distributed Queries with Azure SQL Databases enables adding a Windows Azure SQL Database as a Linked Server and then using it with Distributed Queries that span the on-premises and cloud databases.

The new recursive triggers feature enables a trigger to call itself recursively if a database has this option set to on which is the default setting.

The DBCC SHOW_STATISTICS feature now enables the query optimizer to create a high quality query plan for a table or indexed view.

Firewall rules can now be set at the database level in addition to the existing Server level firewall rules. This enables different rules for different databases even though they are hosted on the same SQL Database server.

Enhancements to SQL Data Sync in Windows Azure Announced
August 22, 2012

New service updates to SQL Data Sync in Windows Azure are now operational in all Windows Azure data centers, announced Gregory Leake, Product Manager on the SQL Azure Technical Marketing team at Microsoft. The improvements include support for spatial data types including geography and geometry, the ability for users to cancel a data synchronization in progress, overall performance enhancements on initial provisioning and sync tasks, and improved sync performance between on-premises databases.

New Database-level Firewall Rules for Windows Azure SQL Databases Announced
August 15, 2012

Kumar Vivek, Technical Writer for Microsofts Customer Experience Team introduced the new Windows Azure SQL Database Firewall Rules in a post on the Windows Azure Team Blog. Unlike SQL Database server Firewall Rules which enable clients to access your entire SQL Database server, the new Database Firewall Rules only allows client access to the Azure SQL Database. Further information can be found in the MSDN article entitled How to: Configure the Database-Level Firewall Settings (Windows Azure SQL Database).

Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) by Microsoft
August 1, 2012

Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division announced, "The Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next milestone will be the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012."

A schedule of Windows 8 release dates was posted on the blog of Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager at Microsoft.

Large List of Blogs and Resources by Windows Azure MVPs about the "Spring Wave" of Windows Azure Upgrades Available
June 15, 2012

Roger Jennings' OakLeaf Systems web site has made available a large list of blog posts and other resources by Microsoft Azure MVPs about the new Windows Azure Upgrades. The list was put together by Mark Sorensen, a Senior Product Planner on the Windows Azure team, from a list originally compiled by Windows Azure MVP Magnus Martensson.

Microsoft Announces Windows Azure SQL Reporting General Availability
June 13, 2012

Windows Azure SQL Reporting, formerly known as SQL Azure Reporting Services, now has General availability. Developers can use Business Intelligence Development Studio and SQL Server Data Tools to author reports based on data in Azure SQL Databases (previously known as SQL Azure) as they have been able to do with on-premises SQL Server Reporting services. Windows Azure SQL Reporting can be managed with the SQL Reporting Management Portal and Reporting Services can also be used in .Net Application Development.

Microsoft Changes SQL Azure Name to "SQL Database, formerly known as SQL Azure Database"
June 7, 2012

On the Windows Azure Management Portal and in other places online Microsoft has changed the name of SQL Azure to
Windows Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database, or SQL Database.

Microsoft Adds a Large Number of Major New Features to Windows Azure
June 7, 2012

Scott Guthrie, a vice president in the Microsoft Developer Division, blogged that the new Windows Azure features include a New Admin Portal and Command Line Tools to manage all features and services offered on Windows Azure, Virtual Machines, and improved Web Site support giving users the ability to more quickly and easily deploy ASP.NET, Node.js and PHP web-sites. New Cloud Services are included that support rich multi-tier architectures, automated application management, and the ability to scale to extremely large deployments. Also among the new features is Distributed Caching that enables developers to use and setup low-latency, in-memory distributed caches within applications which do not have any throttling limits. New SDKs are now available for multiple languages and Tooling Support is also included. This is just a partial list of the many new features that have been added to Windows Azure.

SQL Azure is now called Azure SQL Database

Microsoft Announces Two New Datacenters Now Available for Windows Azure
April 5, 2012

Microsoft announced the availablility of two new datacenters for Windows Azure: "West US" and "East US". The new datacenters can be accessed using the Windows Azure Management Portal. Compute and storage features are now available in the new Data Centers. SQL Azure will come online in the coming months.

Microsoft Releases an Upgrade to the SQL Azure Data Sync Preview
April 4, 2012

In keeping with Microsoft's practice of providing ongoing improvements to Windows Azure Microsoft announcecd the release of an upgrade of the SQL Azure Data Sync Preview. This update includes the most requested feature of enabling users to edit an existing Sync Group to accommodate changes they have made to their database schemas without having to re-create the Sync Group. Additionally, new information has been added to the portal that helps to more easily manage sync groups. Issues that affected ORM (Object Relational Model) frameworks such as Entity Framework and NHibernate working with Data Sync have been fixed. Improved error and status messages were also included. A new download is available for the on-premises Data Sync Agent that enables on-premises SQL Server data to be synchronized with SQL Azure databases.

New Best Practices Documentation Available: Protecting Your Data in SQL Azure
February 27, 2012

The best practices documentation for SQL Azure is found under the MSDN heading SQL Azure Business Continuity. The documentation covers how to protect databases when individual servers and devices fail, how to protect databases from unwanted deletions or modifications and widespread loss of data center facilities.

Reduced Pricing on SQL Azure and New 100MB Database Option Announced
February 14, 2012

Microsoft announced drastically reduced prices for SQL Azure cutting prices from 48% to 75% per month with the larger databases having the largest reductions in price. The new smaller sized 100 MB database is just $4.995 per month.

New SQL Azure Data Sync Webcasts and Videos Are Now Available.
November 19, 2011

The Series of new Webcasts and Videos are available on Channel 9. To use the latest SQL Azure Data Sync you need to download the Microsoft Sync Framework Toolkit.

Microsoft Releases Important Updated SDKs and Tools for Windows Azure development.
November 14, 2011

The releases include an updated Windows Azure SDK, a Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK, and a Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. The November Windows Azure SDK can be downloaded using the Web Platform installer. The Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK is available to be downloaded here. The hands-on labs, demos, and presentations of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit can be downloaded here.

The Windows Azure SDK for .NET includes a number of signifigant improvements including the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010. These tools include the following.

  • Streamlined publishing
  • Multiple profiles
  • Team Build
  • In-Place Updatesto deployed services in Windows Azure
  • Enhanced Publishing Wizard
  • Automatic Credential Management Configuration
  • Multiple Subscription Deployment Management
  • Hosted Service Creation within Visual Studio
  • Storage Accounts Created and configured within Visual Studio
  • Remote Desktop Workflows
  • Deployment Configurations that enable multiple deployment environment configurations
  • Azure Activity Log

The Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK works with the Windows Azure SDK and contains modules and features that enable the authoring of high performance computing (HPC) applications that use large amounts of compute resources.

Microsoft Announces Release of October Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (WAPTK).
November 2, 2011

Microsoft announced the release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – October 2011 Update. The Training Kit is available as a free download.

The Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs (HOLs), and samples to help developers learn how to build applications utilizing Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. The new and updated features include the following:

  • HOL: SQL Azure Data-tier Applications NEW
  • HOL: SQL Azure Data Sync NEW
  • HOL: SQL Azure Federations NEW
  • DEMO: Provisioning Logical Servers using Cmdlets NEW
  • DEMO: Parallel Computing on Windows Azure - Travelling Salesman NEW
  • SQL Azure Labs and Demos with the new portal and tooling experience UPDATED
  • Applied several minor fixes in content UPDATED

A significant improvement is Microsoft's updated Web Installer which allows developers to select which hands-on labs, demos, and presentations to download. Previously the entire training kit had to be downloaded.

Microsoft Unveils New Features for the SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release and SQL Server Management Studio
October 14, 2011

Gregory Leake announced new features to be included the upcoming the SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release. The new features will include

  • An increase in the maximum database size for individual SQL Azure databases from 50 GB to 150 GB
  • SQL Azure Federation which will make sharding dramatically easier to set up
  • A New SQL Azure Management Portal with a Metro-style user interface and other "significant new features"
  • Expanded support for user-controlled collations

New features for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) were also announced. These features are scheduled to be shipped in SQL Server 2012 and will also be available on the web as a free download early next year.

Demonstrations of many of the new features can be viewed at the PASS Summit 2011 Live Keynote Streaming page.

Microsoft Has Released an new SQL Azure Reporting Community Technology Preview (CTP)
October 13, 2011

Gregory Leake announced the new CTP is immediately available to most SQL Azure customers and does not have a limited sign-up capacity. Users can get the CTP by visiting the Windows Azure Management Portal where they can start using the SQL Azure Reporting CTP right away.

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