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09

Aug

Now Available: Azure Sphere technical documentation

In April we announced Azure Sphere to the world. Since then, we’ve been pleased with the deep customer interest and engaging media conversations. This dialogue has been an opportunity to share Microsoft’s vision and commitment to an end-to-end, secured IoT platform and listen to feedback from partners, customers and consumers. Microsoft will continue to tirelessly advocate for IoT security that is not an afterthought. An IoT device must include security measures that that span silicon, software and cloud from the moment that device is first conceived in a designers mind.

Azure Sphere’s purpose is to help manufacturers easily and affordably build MCU-powered devices that are informed by Microsoft’s decades of security experience and protected through their connection to the Azure Sphere Security Service. With our public preview milestone just around the corner, we want to share more about the technology behind Azure Sphere. Just this week, we saw the release of Azure Sphere documentation, which covers a range of topics from architecture (an example is included in this blog post), key concepts, developing applications, and deploying those applications over-the-air to devices in the field. Also included is a QuickStart guide, tutorials and a selection of best practices – all of which will help you

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09

Aug

Getting started with IoT: driving business action through analytics and automation

Whether you’re looking for in-the-moment insights or long-term trends, the value of information is only as good as its usefulness for your business. Some information must be acted upon immediately, but it can also be stored for long-term, big-picture analysis of trends over time. For each case there are different tools to use, and Azure IoT has you covered.

Near real-time data analysis

Azure Stream Analytics is a pay-as-you-go service that ingests data from a variety of sources. In addition to real-time data from IoT Hub, it can also take in historical data from Azure Blob Storage, and combine Event Hub data with other sources to highlight correlations or run comparative analyses.

Using Azure Portal, you can initiate an Azure Stream Analytics job, direct it to the appropriate data set, and provide instructions on how to look for specific data, patterns, or relationships.

Once Stream Analytics has completed a job, you can direct the results to Blob Storage, SQL Server, a Data Lake, or a database-as-a-service offering, such as Cosmos DB. You can also send the data to HD Insights or Power BI for additional analysis and visualization.

As its name suggests, Azure Time Series Insights is designed to store,

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09

Aug

Getting started with IoT: driving business action through analytics and automation

Whether you’re looking for in-the-moment insights or long-term trends, the value of information is only as good as its usefulness for your business. Some information must be acted upon immediately, but it can also be stored for long-term, big-picture analysis of trends over time. For each case there are different tools to use, and Azure IoT has you covered.

Near real-time data analysis

Azure Stream Analytics is a pay-as-you-go service that ingests data from a variety of sources. In addition to real-time data from IoT Hub, it can also take in historical data from Azure Blob Storage, and combine Event Hub data with other sources to highlight correlations or run comparative analyses.

Using Azure Portal, you can initiate an Azure Stream Analytics job, direct it to the appropriate data set, and provide instructions on how to look for specific data, patterns, or relationships.

Once Stream Analytics has completed a job, you can direct the results to Blob Storage, SQL Server, a Data Lake, or a database-as-a-service offering, such as Cosmos DB. You can also send the data to HD Insights or Power BI for additional analysis and visualization.

As its name suggests, Azure Time Series Insights is designed to store,

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09

Aug

Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018
Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018

If you are attending SIGGRAPH this year I hope you can join us at Booth 620 to hear the latest on how Azure can help you: 

Render more, faster with Avere. Move your data to the cloud using our rugged, secure Azure Data Box. Get better scalability, simplicity, and hybrid support with Azure High-Performance Computing. Secure your media workloads. Security experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios will be there, so you can experience the latest in holographic video. And, we’re excited to have our partners, Avid Technology, Nimble Collective, and Teradici to name a few, share their latest and greatest.

Avid is one the world’s most comprehensive provider of solutions for media, enabling the creation and distribution of the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world. Avid will demo its MediaCentral Platform on Microsoft Azure. Find out how to reduce cost, centralize media/data management, secure content collaboration, increase workflow efficiencies, and improve time-to-market.
 Nimble Collective will feature its cloud-based animation platform, an entire animation studio infrastructure complete with workflow and pipeline, streaming through your Internet browser. Nimble can reduce studio overhead up to 75 percent and give

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09

Aug

Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018
Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018

If you are attending SIGGRAPH this year I hope you can join us at Booth 620 to hear the latest on how Azure can help you: 

Render more, faster with Avere. Move your data to the cloud using our rugged, secure Azure Data Box. Get better scalability, simplicity, and hybrid support with Azure High-Performance Computing. Secure your media workloads. Security experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios will be there, so you can experience the latest in holographic video. And, we’re excited to have our partners, Avid Technology, Nimble Collective, and Teradici to name a few, share their latest and greatest.

Avid is one the world’s most comprehensive provider of solutions for media, enabling the creation and distribution of the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world. Avid will demo its MediaCentral Platform on Microsoft Azure. Find out how to reduce cost, centralize media/data management, secure content collaboration, increase workflow efficiencies, and improve time-to-market.
 Nimble Collective will feature its cloud-based animation platform, an entire animation studio infrastructure complete with workflow and pipeline, streaming through your Internet browser. Nimble can reduce studio overhead up to 75 percent and give

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09

Aug

Speech Devices SDK and Dev Kits news (August 2018)
Speech Devices SDK and Dev Kits news (August 2018)

We have just released the v0.5.0 version of the Speech Devices SDK to its download site a few days ago. If you want access to it, please apply for it via the Microsoft Speech Devices SDK Sign Up Form.

Please use the latest version of the Speech Devices SDK and its matching sample app. The Speech Devices SDK consumes the Speech SDK. In addition, it uses an advanced audio processing algorithm and enables a custom Key Word Spotting (KWS) feature. The Speech Devices SDK’s version matches the version of the Speech SDK, so that all the APIs are consistent. Right now we only have support for Java, see the Java API reference. Please see the Speech Devices SDK’s release notes for details. We currently have one developer centric Java sample app. The source code can be found posted in the GitHub repository’s under the Samples/Android example. We will post additional Java sample apps as they become available.

The microphone array dev kits from our hardware provider Roobo, have also gone on sale recently. Please visit ROOBO Dev Kits for Microsoft Speech Services for the hardware specs and product details. If you have questions regarding the device hardware, including ordering and

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09

Aug

Speech Devices SDK and Dev Kits news (August 2018)
Speech Devices SDK and Dev Kits news (August 2018)

We have just released the v0.5.0 version of the Speech Devices SDK to its download site a few days ago. If you want access to it, please apply for it via the Microsoft Speech Devices SDK Sign Up Form.

Please use the latest version of the Speech Devices SDK and its matching sample app. The Speech Devices SDK consumes the Speech SDK. In addition, it uses an advanced audio processing algorithm and enables a custom Key Word Spotting (KWS) feature. The Speech Devices SDK’s version matches the version of the Speech SDK, so that all the APIs are consistent. Right now we only have support for Java, see the Java API reference. Please see the Speech Devices SDK’s release notes for details. We currently have one developer centric Java sample app. The source code can be found posted in the GitHub repository’s under the Samples/Android example. We will post additional Java sample apps as they become available.

The microphone array dev kits from our hardware provider Roobo, have also gone on sale recently. Please visit ROOBO Dev Kits for Microsoft Speech Services for the hardware specs and product details. If you have questions regarding the device hardware, including ordering and

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08

Aug

Security Bulletin for August 2018
Security Bulletin for August 2018

August 6, 2018:

Microsoft is aware of a temporary denial of service (DoS) vulnerability (CVE-2018-5390) affecting the Linux Kernel. Virtual Machines running Linux may be vulnerable. The Azure Host platform remains secure from this vulnerability. We are working with various Linux distributions to ensure that they address this security issue.

For guidance on (CVE-2018-5390) please refer to the Linux vendor security channels for your distribution. To learn more about the vulnerability, please visit Vulnerability Notes Database.

We will continue to update this advisory as additional details become available.

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08

Aug

Security Bulletin for August 2018
Security Bulletin for August 2018

August 6, 2018:

Microsoft is aware of a temporary denial of service (DoS) vulnerability (CVE-2018-5390) affecting the Linux Kernel. Virtual Machines running Linux may be vulnerable. The Azure Host platform remains secure from this vulnerability. We are working with various Linux distributions to ensure that they address this security issue.

For guidance on (CVE-2018-5390) please refer to the Linux vendor security channels for your distribution. To learn more about the vulnerability, please visit Vulnerability Notes Database.

We will continue to update this advisory as additional details become available.

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08

Aug

New Azure #CosmosDB JavaScript SDK 2.0 now in public preview

The Azure Cosmos DB team is excited to announce version 2.0 RC of the JavaScript SDK for SQL API, now in public preview!

We are excited to get feedback through this RC before general availability, so please try it out and let us know what you think. You can get the latest version through npm with:

What is Azure Cosmos DB?

Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed, multi-model database service. It offers turnkey global distribution, guarantees single-digit millisecond latencies at the 99th percentile, and elastic scaling of throughput and storage.

For the SQL API, we support a JavaScript SDK to enable development against Azure Cosmos DB from JavaScript and Node.js projects. Version 2.0 of the SDK is written completely in TypeScript, and we’ve redesigned the object model and added support for promises. Let’s dive into these updates.

New object model

Based on user feedback, we’ve redesigned the object model to make it easier to interact with and perform operations against Cosmos DB. 

If you’re familiar with the previous version of the JavaScript SDK, you’ve likely noticed that the entire API surface hangs off DocumentDBClient. While the previous design makes it easy to find the entry point for methods,

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