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Azure Weekly: June 11, 2018 – Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

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Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

Last week Microsoft and GitHub both announced that Microsoft will be acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion. It has been stated that GitHub will remain an independent company and retain its “developer-first ethos” while it continues to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries.

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The above photo shows (from left) Chris Wanstrath, Github CEO and co-founder; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; and Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate vice president, Developer Services

After the acquisition is complete, Nat Friedman will be transitioned into the role of GitHub CEO. Chris Wanstrath is the current CEO of GitHub, and at that time he will transition to become a Microsoft Technical Fellow, and report to Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President.

Microsoft is not just picking some random executive to be the new GitHub CEO after the acquisition. Nat Friedman came to Microsoft from the acquisition of Xamarin; the maker of the open source Mono framework (an open source .NET Framework implementation) and maker of cross-platform development tools that allow developers to write mobile apps using C# and .NET tooling to target Windows, iOS, and Android with a single code base or shared code. Nat Friedman has a long history of Open Source, and should be a good steward to lead GitHub moving forward.

All across the Open Source world, there are mixed opinions as to whether this acquisition is a good thing or not. What do you think?

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Azure Weekly: June 4, 2018 – New r/BuildAzure subreddit

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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New r/BuildAzure subreddit

Over time there’s been a few people who’ve emailed or otherwise messaged in blog article links to suggest to add to the Build Azure Weekly newsletter / post. In an effort (and experiment) to make it easier to contribute links and suggested blogs to Build Azure Weekly, I have created the r/BuildAzure subreddit.

If you wish to help contribute to Build Azure Weekly, or just want to keep an eye on link in the Microsoft Cloud and Azure space, then please check out and contribute to the BuildAzure subreddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/buildazure/

Thanks for the contributions and awesome links!

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Azure Weekly: May 21, 2018 – Lots of Announcements from //Build 2018

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Azure Weekly: May 7, 2018 – First-class Support for CloudEvents on Azure

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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First-class Support for CloudEvents on Azure

In addition to the default event schema of Azure Event Grid, Microsoft has added support for events using the CloudEvents JSON schema. CloudEvents is an open standard specification for describing event data in a common way, and Microsoft Azure is the first cloud provider to release support for CloudEvents!

The CloudEvents specification has been contributed to by many organizations; including Microsoft, Amazon, Google, VMWare, and more. The CloudEvents schema simplifies interoperability by providing a common event schema for publishing, and consuming cloud based events. This enables uniform tooling, a standard way for routing and handling events, and universal ways of deserializing the outer event schema. With this common CloudEvents schema, you can more easily integrate work across platforms!

The Azure documentation contains some documentation how to use CloudEvents with Azure Event Grid.

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Azure Weekly: May 1, 2018 – Build Conference Next Week!

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Microsoft Build Conference Next Week!

Next week, May 7, 2018, is when Microsoft’s Build Conference kicks off this year! You may have noticed by watching the Build Azure Weekly newsletter / blog post the last few weeks there have been a ton of new feature and service announcements recently. It appears the different product teams are gearing up for Build releases and announcements. In addition to the recent announcements, we will likely see quite a few new announcements and product releases made either directly at Build during the keynote talks, or online surrounding the event. This is something that generally happens every year at the event.

There are some great “Featured” speakers lined up for the Build Conference, which include the following. Rather than list job titles, the following lists topic areas, just as the official Microsoft Build information does.

  • Satya Nadella, Intelligent Cloud & Intelligent Edge
  • Scott Guthrie, Cloud & Artificial Intelligence
  • Joe Belfiore, Windows
  • Scott Hanselman, Visual Studio & .NET
  • Elaine Chang, Intelligent Bots
  • Mark Russinovich, Cloud & Microsoft Azure
  • Cindy Alvarez, UX Design
  • Aaron Gustafson, Progressive Web App Development

If you are not able to attend Build in-person next week, you can attend virtually through the Microsoft Build Live stream online for Free!

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Azure Weekly: Apr 23, 2018 – Azure Sphere: New Linux Powered IoT Microcontroller

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Azure Sphere: New Linux Powered IoT Microcontroller

Microsoft announced the introduction of Azure Sphere, a new solution for creating highly-secured, internet connected micro controller devices. It combines Microsoft’s cloud expertise, software, and hardware devices to create a secured platform that starts with silicon and extends into the cloud. This is done by combining Azure Sphere MCUs (microcontrollers), Azure Sphere secured operating system (OS), and a turnkey cloud security service. All this is designed to provide you with “the confidence and power to reimagine your business and create the future.

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The operating system Microsoft chose for the new Azure Sphere “secured operating system” is Linux; not Windows. The reason is not that Linux might be more secure than Windows. Presumably, the reason Microsoft chose Linux is more to do with the fact that most IoT device platforms are powered by Linux rather than Microsofts Windows 10 IoT Core operating system. So, to compete better in the IoT MCU space, they likely needed to choose Linux. Although, it’s not stated that Linux will be the only option, so we’ll see if Windows 10 IoT Core make an appearance in the Azure Sphere space some time in the future.

You can learn more about Azure Sphere here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/azure-sphere/

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Azure Weekly: Apr 16, 2018 – Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

The addition of Managed Instance pricing to Azure SQL Database brings with it the option to choose between DTU and vCore based pricing / hosting for your Azure SQL Databases. The existing Single Database and Elastic Pool pricing based on DTUs (Database Throughput Units) is still available, but you now have the choice to use Managed Instances based on vCPUs (Virtual CPUs / CPU Cores) as well!

The new Azure SQL Database Managed instances offer the following benefits to the service:

  • Optimize flexibility and performance with two new service tiers
  • Choosing between DTU and vCore-based performance levels
  • Save up to 30% on vCore-based options with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server

You can read more from the official announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/a-flexible-new-way-to-purchase-azure-sql-database/

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Azure Weekly: Apr 9, 2018 – Application Security Groups are GA!

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Application Security Groups are GA!

Application Security Groups (ASG) are now Generally Available in all Microsoft Azure regions! Through Application Security Groups, Azure provides security micro-segmentation for your Virtual Networks (VNets). You can use this to define fine-grained network security policies based on workloads, centralized on applications, instead of explicit IP addresses. This provides the capability to group VMs with monikers and secure applications by filtering traffic from trusted segments of your network.

implementing this granular security traffic controls improves isolation of workloads and protects them individually. If a security breach occurs, this technique limits the potential impact of lateral exploration of your networks from hackers.

You can read more from the official announcement from the “Application Security Groups now generally available in all Azure regions” article on the Microsoft Azure blog.

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Azure Weekly: Apr 2, 2018 – Availability Zones goes GA in Select Regions

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Azure Availability Zones goes GA in Select Regions

Azure Availability Zones offer the ability to build mission-critical applications in a more highly-available manner within a single Azure Region by spreading your workload across multiple Zones within a single Azure Region.

To get an overview of what Availability Zones are and how to use them, I encourage you to read the “Azure Availability Zones” by Build Azure’s own Dan Patrick.

The addition of Azure Availability Zones bring with it an update to the SLA (service-level agreement) when hosting Virtual Machines (VMs) to offer a 99.99% SLA guarantee for VMs within Azure using Availability Zones!

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Azure Weekly: Mar 26, 2018 – New Azure Portal UI Archive Project

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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New Azure Portal UI Archive Project

An idea I’ve had for some time now is to create a screenshot archive of the Azure Portal. The reason for this is that the UI of the Azure Portal is constantly changing, and it’s neat sometimes to look at older screenshots to see what the Azure Portal UI used to be at some point in the past. So, I’ve decided to create a new open source project over on Github, title Azure Portal Archive.

Also, instead of just having a folder of screenshots, I’ve created a simple UI to be able to easily navigate the archive of Azure Portal screenshots. This UI is hosted using GitHub Pages at the following URL: https://buildazure.github.io/azure-portal-archive/

There’s only a couple screenshots in the archive right now, as I just created this project a couple days ago. If you would like to submit any screenshots to the archive, please feel free to submit a Pull Request to the project. Also, please make sure there isn’t any sensitive, confidential, or PII information in the screenshots that you don’t have permission to share publicly. I know we all have production deployments running in Azure, so please blur out stuff in the screenshots if necessary.

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Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

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