[Azure] News for Developers, August 2021

This entry is part 51 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.

  • When you’re a heavy user of Azure Storage, especially in the number of files, you might want to check out the all new Inventory added to Azure Storage. (link)
  • If you’re using a lot of storage, you might also have the need to clean up. The last access time tracking feature can assist with automatically handling files which have not been accessed (not modified!) for a while. (link)
  • Also for Azure Storage, you can now mount your storage as a local file share on Azure Web Apps. This can come in handy for a number of storage related requirements. (link)
  • If you’re using CosmosDB and back-up is important to you, know that it now offers continuous back-up with point-in-time restore capabilities. (link)
  • With Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) it is now possible to use a public DNS for name resolving. (link)
  • The rate limit for Azure App Configuration in the Standard tier has been increased to 30.000, previously 20k. (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 16.11 is out there (link). This is the final servicing baseline, after which Microsoft will start to move on to Visual Studio 2022!
  • For those who want to test the early bits, you can now also take Visual Studio 2022 for a spin! You can download Preview 3 here: (link)
  • Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 is now available (link)
  • For those in need of a virtual development environment, you can now check out GitHub CodeSpaces which brings you cloud based development environments whenever and wherever you need them. (link)

And these updates were part of sprint 191 in Azure DevOps:

  • It was a bit of a slow month, must be due to holidays. Nothing major to report here. You can find the rather short release notes here.

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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