[Azure] News for Developers, April 2021

This entry is part 46 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. Want to know more? Check out the readme.


Here is a roll-up of all the Azure news which might relate to you as a developer. Note that all services mentioned are Generally Available (GA) so they can be used in production scenarios today. Exact availability of services might vary based on the Azure region you’re deploying to.

  • Got storage needs? Azure Blob Storage now supports objects up to 200TB. (link)
  • If you’re developing an app that needs weather data, check out Azure Weather Services which is now GA. (link)
  • Azure API Management can now be deployed in availability zones. (link)
  • The Cognitive Services Computer Vision API V3.2 has been release. (link)
  • With API Portal you can now, for free, create a portal for your API documentation based on GitHub. (link)
  • Azure Application Gateway now supports URL rewriting. (link)
  • Azure Event Grid now supports Azure Cache for Redis. (link)


Visual Studio & Azure DevOps

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

For Visual Studio lovers:

  • Visual Studio 2019 version 16.9 is out there (link) and the preview version is 16.10 preview 2. (link)
  • Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.9 is now available (link)
  • Visual Studio 2017 and 2019 will start being pushed through Windows Update. (link)
  • Visual Studio had numerous updates to improve NuGet performance. (link)

And these updates were part of sprint 183 & 184 in Azure DevOps:

  • In Azure DevOps, Delivery Plans 2.0 was release. (link)
  • The API to manage Personal Access Tokens (PAT) is now GA. (link)
  • You can now have repos as a protected resource within the scope of a project. (link)

Changes to Azure DevOps can take up to three weeks to roll out across tenants. 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.


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


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