Update 18.11 for Azure Sphere in public preview

We are pleased to announce the 18.11 update to the Azure Sphere Operating System, Azure Sphere Security Service, and Visual Studio development environment.

For information on all of the features included with this release, see the blog post.



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Enhancements to NSG flow logs for Azure Network Watcher

We're excited to announce enhancements to network security group (NSG) flow logs for Azure Network Watcher. These enhancements are available in version 2 of the logs. They include per-flow throughput statistics, so you can understand flow session state and the associated number of bytes and packets transferred.

The version 2 configuration of NSG flow logs is currently available only via the Azure portal and REST API in the West Central US region. We are in the process of rolling out these changes to all Azure regions. There will be no impact to existing NSG flow logs or Traffic Analytics customers.

For more information about NSG flow logs, see the product documentation.

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Azure HDInsight is now available in China North 2

Azure HDInsight is now available in China North 2. In total, three regions are available in China: China East, China North, and China North 2. 

Azure HDInsight is a fully managed cloud service that makes it easy, fast, and cost-effective to process massive amounts of data. Customers can use the most popular open-source frameworks, such as Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Interactive Query (LLAP), Kafka, Storm, HBase, and Microsoft R Server. 

For more information, see the Azure HDInsight documentation.

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Azure JavaScript libraries preview release

Today we are happy to announce the first preview release of Azure JavaScript libraries generated from the Azure REST API specs using AutoRest. This release adds support for isomorphic JavaScript libraries with TypeScript definitions that work on both server and client (browser). The new libraries are released under @azure scope, and package names are in the following pattern: @azure/arm-<servicename> (for Azure Resource Manager libraries) and @azure/<servicename>.


You can find the new repository on GitHub. The current plan is to release a stable version of the Azure JavaScript libraries by the middle of next year. After the stable release of Azure JavaScript libraries, the Azure node libraries will be deprecated. For guidance on how to migrate from the old Azure node libraries to the new Azure JavaScript libraries, see the migration page.


For help, see the code snippets in the readme under packages/@azure folders—for example, the arm-compute folder.



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Azure Event Grid—availability in Azure Government regions is in preview

Event Grid will be available in Azure Government regions, so you’ll be able to use this service on the same region where you’re deploying the rest of your solution(s). 

Learn more

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Azure Event Grid, Event Domains are in preview

Become your own event publisher with Event Domains, a feature that allows you to manage the outbound event flow of your application. Use the same tooling and architecture that Azure services (such as Azure Storage) use to publish their events. Event Domains handle the authorization and authentication around subscribing to events within your Event Domain on a per tenant basis and can manage massive numbers of parallel tenants while continuing to provide the reliable routing and delivery already available in Event Grid. This is a unique feature that none of our competitors have and it enables new scenarios for customers and partners who want to offer their own events for their end customers.

Learn more.

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Virtual Assistant solution accelerator is in preview

Many customers are looking to deliver conversational assistants tailored to their brand, personalized to their customers, and made available across multiple devices and apps. The virtual assistant solution accelerator (in preview) simplifies the creation of your own assistant, enabling you to get started building in minutes.

Learn more and get started building your own branded virtual assistant for your organization.

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Announcing Bot Framework SDK and Tools 4.1 Release

Bot Framework SDK version 4.1 includes the Bot Framework Emulator, the Web Chat V4, and version 4.1 of the C# and JavaScript SDKs. With version 4.1 of the SDK and tools, the team is focusing on periodic releases of the SDK and tools for bot development.

Learn more about Bot Framework SDK and Tools

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Azure Cognitive Services Containers are in preview

Container support is now available in preview for a few of the Azure Cognitive Services, including Computer VisionFace, and Text Analytics. Deploy Azure Cognitive Services on-premises and on the edge with container support.. Cognitive Services containers allow developers to use the same intelligent APIs that are available in Azure, but with the flexibility that comes with Docker containers. Use Cognitive Services with complete control over your data, which is essential when you can’t send data to the cloud but need access to Cognitive Services technology. Cognitive Services containers give you flexibility in versioning and updating of models deployed in your solutions, and also enable the creation of a portable application architecture that can be deployed in the cloud, on-premises, and on the edge.

Please refer to our documentation for additional details.

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Azure Cognitive Services new enhancements

Logo Detection in Custom Vision Service

Custom Vision Services adds support for Logo Detection. This new support allows businesses to create their own logo detector quickly and easily. Logo detection enables customers to search and automate better for their brands. Customers are building their own logo detectors to help them search/locate their logos in their media libraries or to generate analytics for their social media feeds. Logo detection is a specialized type of object detection which is suited specifically for logos – which can be small, skewed or obfuscated within a larger picture (for example on the sidelines of a soccer match, on a building sign in a cityscape, or on a scanned form). Build a logo detector with a few sample images though Azure Cognitive Services custom vision logo detection.

Translation improvements

The Microsoft Translator API has been updated with new translation systems for Chinese and German from and to English, drastically increasing translation quality and expanding application scenarios. Translation quality for these languages has increased due to Microsoft’s human parity work from Chinese to English.



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