The Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit is an Arduino compatible board built for helping with prototyping Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The key difference with this board compared to many others available is that, unlike most, the Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit has a number of hardware sensors built directly on the board. This eliminates the need to have electronics knowledge and the need to do any wiring or soldering in order to get started prototyping IoT solutions. This article gives an overview of the built-in sensors on this board. Read More
A couple months ago Microsoft announced the availability of the new Azure IoT Developer Kit Board. This is a board that has integrated sensors, buttons, OLED screen and a few other features. This board makes it even easier to get started developing Azure IoT based solutions without the need to solder, connect wires, or even really have any low level electronics knowledge. Recently, Microsoft started shipping out the first set of Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview version boards for application requests that were submitted over the last couple months. While it’s been stated there’s limited quantity, it’s unclear how many of these Preview version boards will be made available. Read More
With the “current” Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com) in full force and Microsoft deprecating services / features within the “classic” Azure Portal, they have now made available a NEW Preview Portal. The NEW Preview Portal allows you to access Azure Portal features before they are released to the main Azure Portal. This enables a sort of “Insider Preview” for just the Azure Portal.
You can access the NEW Azure “Preview” Portal by visiting http://preview.portal.azure.com
Here are some of the features you can expect in the NEW Azure “Preview” Portal today:
- Full-screen blades – The Azure Portal has been optimized for both large and small screens with the addition of full-screen blades. This allows for more room to display blade content while reducing the amount of scrolling necessary within the portal.
- Subscription usage + quotas – Service usage / quotas for each subscription can now be viewed.
- Performance – Upgrades have been made to enable faster startup and improved responsiveness within the portal. These types of performance improvements will be released to the new Preview Portal first before being rolled out to the Current Portal.
- Notifications – You can now expand notifications within the portal without navigating away and losing your place in the current blade being displayed.
- Accessibility – Some usability and readability improvements are being made to the Portal to improve accessibility for everyone.
To leave feedback on your experience in the NEW Preview Portal, you can contact Microsoft using the following methods:
- Post feedback and / or ideas on the Azure portal feedback forum
- Tweet comments to the @AzurePortal Twitter account (you can also Follow this account for updates as well)
- Click on the Smile icon in the header of the Preview Azure Portal
Here’s the original announcement from Microsoft for the NEW Azure Preview Portal:
Have fun peeking into the future!
There are a large number of Virtual Machine (VM) images available within the Azure Marketplace that range from Windows Server, various Linux distributions, to the latest Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 just released. Just login to the Azure Portal, search the Azure Marketplace for the VM image you need, and create it on your subscription. This is the easiest way to setup a VM that you can then remote into without needing to setup any hardware. Plus, when you’re done just delete it. Read More
The new Azure Disk Encryption feature was introduced into Public Preview last November. It allows for Virtual Machines (VMs) hosted within Azure to be encrypted using keys and policies controlled by Azure Key Vault. Read More