Another Friday is upon us, so time to share some of the headlines that have happened this week in terms of Azure news. We have some new preview features in Azure as well as some going Generally Available (GA).
Revised end of service date for Windows 10, version 1803: May 11, 2021
Microsoft are delaying the scheduled end of service date for the Enterprise, Education and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 1803. This means that if you are still running that version within your environment you will continued to receive security updates until May 11, 2021 instead of the previous November 2020 date.
Support to assess physical, AWS, GCP servers now generally available within Azure Migrate
The ability to assess your physical, AWS, GCP servers with Azure Migrate has been around for a while now and it’s now generally available to use. So, it’s great for assessing those servers on another cloud provider you want to move to Azure or even those virtual machines that are hosted by a managed service provider and you can’t access the hypervisor layer on. I actually covered this off in a blog post and video recently, check it out if you want to see it in action.
Public Preview: Cognitive Services Form Recognizer v2.1
Form Recognizer is a cognitive service that uses machine learning technology to identify and extract things like text from documents. In this latest public preview edition they team have introduced support for more languages, so as well as supporting English it now supports Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. It also has a new pre-built model that will help extract information from a business card.
AzCopy v10.6 released
A new version of AzCopy has been released, with some exciting features. If you aren’t familiar with AzCopy it is a great command line tool that helps you move data in and out of Azure Storage. One of the new features is the ability to query Blob Versioning, so you can download a specific version of a file or delete it.
MS Learn Module of the Week
Improve incident response with alerting on Azure – responding to incidents and things that happen to your infrastructure in a timely manner is part of what makes and IT department successful. In this MS Learn module you’ll learn how alerting in Azure can help you monitor and response to things happening in your environment.
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