[Azure] News for Developers, January 2019

This entry is part 20 of 52 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome 🙂 Enjoy!

Do you sometimes feel lost in the world of Azure resources? Here’s the round-up of last month!

App Service specific updates

There was just one applicable update coming from the Azure App Services teams:

  • .NET Core 2.2 support is now available on Windows platforms. (link)

The app services team keeps track of their updates in blog posts and in this github repo. Check them out!

Visual Studio & Azure DevOps

Here’s the news coming from the Visual Studio and Azure DevOps teams!

For Visual Studio lovers:

  • Preview version 2 of Visual Studio 2019 was released. Get it while hot! (link)
  • Visual Studio 2017 15.9 has been released. And version 15.9 now reached preview version 3. (link)

And here’s the news from Azure DevOps:

  • A new “basic process” process type brings a more simple workflow to Boards. (link)
  • There’s now support for GitHub Enterprise in the pipeline wizard. (link)
  • GitHub service connections are now created automatically when creating a new pipeline. (link)
  • Service Connections can now be configured to by default allow access to YAML builds. (link)
  • There are new, YAML optimized tasks for deployment to Azure WebApps, Function Apps, WebApps for Containers and FunctionApp for Containers. (link)
  • For Java, JDKs have been replaced with Long Term Support builds of OpenJDK from Azul Systems. (link)
  • The wiki editor now has markdown table support. (link)
  • Azure Boards queries can now be integrated in wiki pages. (link)
  • Deleted projects can now be recovered for 28 days. (link)

The Visual Studio blog can be found here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio. And the Azure DevOps team blog is here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/release-notes.

Azure / other

Here’s all the stuff that didn’t fit into one of the above categories:

  • The Azure Portal was updated, including a new landing page which you’ve probably noticed. (link)
  • Check out the Azure API Management update of January 25. (link)


Generally Available

All of the items below are now GA, which means they are stable for production use and officially supported by Microsoft. Although its fine to use preview services for evaluation and development purpose, you’re safest option is to wait with taking things into production until they’re officially “GA-ed”.

  • Azure Data Box Disk (link).
  • Azure Availability Zones are now GA in the East US 2 region. (link)
  • Azure Migrate is now available in Asia and Europe. (link)
  • You can now easily migrate your SQL, PostgreSQL and MySQL databases online to Azure Database. (link)
  • Similarly, migrating from Amazon RDS to Azure databases is now also possible. (link)
  • Service Bus and Event Hubs availabilty zones. (link)
  • Azure Guest OS Family 6 (Windows Server 2019). (link)

That’s it for this month, see you next month for another round of Azure news!


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