azure-app-service-web-app_colorMicrosoft has been working for a couple years to add support to all existing Azure services, as well as a plethora of new services, within the Current Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com). One of the huge services that wasn’t available in the Current Azure Portal until recently is Azure AD; which is still in Preview within the Current Portal. However, Azure Web Apps have been supported in the Current Azure Portal for about 2 years or so at this point, and Microsoft is taking this new / current portal migration even further…

Starting February 1, 2017, Azure Web Apps will no longer be available in the “Classic” Azure Portal (http://manage.windowsazure.com). For most the duality of the Portals has been a bit frustrating, and it’s relieving to see that Microsoft is making the move to not just add support for services in the Current Portal, but also remove them from the “Classic” Portal.

This step is really a move towards an ARM (Azure Resource Manager) only world within the Microsoft Azure cloud. The “Classic” Azure Portal is built around the old Azure Service Manager (ASM) model. While the Current Azure Portal is built around the much newer, and feature rich ARM (Azure Resource Manager) model that brings features such as ARM Templates, RBAC (Role-Based Access Control), and is the set of APIs that all newer Azure Services only support.

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