For those who have been wanting to upgrade to .NET 5 but have found it too time-consuming with the existing porting tools, the new .NET Upgrade Assistant is for you. It provides a guided programme for incrementally upgrading your applications with step-by-step instructions and recommendations.
Azure Defender for Storage can detect potential threats on your blob containers, file shares and data lakes and in March, received some new capabilities.
Today the Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services launched into Public Preview as part of Microsoft’s expansion in its Tech for Industry campaign.
As Microsoft partners who often work in the non-profit sector, Microsoft Cloud for Non-Profit caught our attention and it certainly looks like great things coming to this area.
.NET 6 went into its first preview in the middle of February. Though it is not due for release until November, .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI) is worth taking a look a look at now. It is something to understand and get excited about, with a lot of changes coming.
In case anyone missed the small announcement in the Azure updates log, Data flows in Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse now support Reserved Instances.
.NET Core support for Azure Analysis Services client libraries is now generally available and with a lot of enhancements.
The big February announcement was the release of Custom Neural Voice. You can record your own voice, upload it to Custom Neural Voice for training the model and create your very own neural voice.
Azure Monitor Insights is now generally available. This is a health monitoring experience that does not require writing queries, authoring workbooks or using an agent. This experience gives you a single console for network viewing; access to metrics, alerts, monitoring tools and health state.
SQL Server Management Studio had four releases in 2020, and a lot of the known issues have now been resolved. Don’t forget that since version 18.7, Azure Data Studio is included with SQL Server Management Studio.