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Oct

Power BI Developer community September update
Power BI Developer community September update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-september-update-2018/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-september-update-2018/           This blog post covers the latest updates for Power BI Developers community- Power BI Embedded and Custom Visuals.

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05

Oct

See Power BI Preview Features in action at the Power BI World Tour

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/see-power-bi-preview-features-in-action-at-the-power-bi-world-tour/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/see-power-bi-preview-features-in-action-at-the-power-bi-world-tour/           We are proud to announce at the up coming Power BI World Tour we will be showing many of these features live in demos and break out sessions. If you are not familiar READ MORE

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04

Oct

Provide feedback on detected threats in Azure Security Center
Provide feedback on detected threats in Azure Security Center

Azure Security Center automatically collects, analyzes, and integrates log data from your Azure resources to detect threats. Machine learning algorithms run against collected data and generate security alerts. A list of prioritized security alerts is shown in Security Center along with the information you need to quickly investigate the problem, as well as recommendations for how to remediate an attack.

However, the threat landscape is constantly changing, and different customers have different needs. Therefore, it is important to stay in contact with customers and to continuously improve our threat detection capabilities, and to provide customers with the right information to help them address a security threat. To fulfill this, we have added the Alerts Customer Feedback to Azure Security Center, which gives the Security Center customers a channel to give feedback on the alerts that they received. This capability is currently available in public preview and is accessible from the alert blade. In the bottom part of the alert you will see the question “Was this useful?”, as shown below:

At this point, you can provide feedback in multiple resolutions with a simple user interface. The first resolution is to provide a feedback on whether the alert was useful

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04

Oct

Ephemeral OS Disk in limited preview
Ephemeral OS Disk in limited preview

Last week at Microsoft Ignite, we launched Ultra SSD, a new industry leading high-performance disk type for IO intensive workloads. Adding to that, today we are delighted to share the limited preview of Ephemeral OS Disk, a new type of OS disk created directly on the host node, providing local disk performance and faster boot/reset time.

Ephemeral OS Disk is supported for all virtual machines (VM) and virtual machine scale sets (VMSS). This offering is based on your feedback to provide a lower cost, higher performant OS disk for stateless applications, which enable them to quickly deploy the VMs and reset them to its original state.

Ephemeral OS Disk is ideal for stateless workloads that require consistent read/write latency to OS disk, as well as frequent reimage operations to reset the VM(s) to the original state. This includes workloads such as website applications, game server hosting services, VM pools, computation, jobs and more. Ephemeral OS Disk also works well for workloads that are leveraging low-priority VM scale sets.

Key comparisons between Persistent OS disk and Ephemeral OS disk   Persistent OS Disk Ephemeral OS Disk Size limit for OS disk 2 TiB

Up to 30 GiB for preview

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04

Oct

GoChain blockchain available on Azure
GoChain blockchain available on Azure

The team at GoChain is bringing their private, scalable blockchain offering to Microsoft Azure. GoChain is a smart contract blockchain based on a go-ethereum code fork, with changes to protocol and consensus model primarily to increase the transaction speed of the network. This is acheived through core protocol changes as well as the introduction of Proof of Reputation consensus mechanism. This function similar to the current Proof of Authority based models in that verification of blocks are controlled by validation nodes agreed upon by the consoritium.

GoChain is an Ethereum compatible blockchain which enables enterprise customers and developers the ability to build and deploy decentralized applications and smart contracts. With this compatibility, existing Ethereum assets can be reused with little changes require, such as solidity based smart contracts.

Enterprises are looking for blockchain solutions that allow them to take advantage of core blockchain attributes such as immutability, strong digital signatures, and distributed architecture. However, they have needs that differ from public based chains in that they have controlled participants on the network. Solutions such as GoChain allow this type of deployment.

Upgradable Smart Contracts

An area that the team at GoChain has been focused on is enabling a more

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04

Oct

Announcing Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL for Azure Government customers

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL for Azure Government customers. With this GA milestone, government agencies and their partners have even more options as they work to advance their missions. These fully managed, government-ready database as a service offerings bring the community versions of MySQL and PostgreSQL to mission-critical government workloads with built-in high availability, a 99.99% availability SLA, elastic scaling for performance, and industry leading security and compliance. Building on the community edition of MySQL and PostgreSQL, lifting and shifting to the cloud is easier than ever, while maintaining full compatibility with your languages and frameworks of your choice.

Features include compute scale up to 32 vCores, offering a new Memory Optimized tier, ability to scale storage on-line independent of compute without impact to application performance, allowing greater flexibility in backup storage options, and achieving industry compliance with ISO, SOC, and HIPAA. We are also compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As with every Azure Government service, you also get the assurance of world-class security, compliance and advanced threat protection services.

The Azure Government difference

Azure Government delivers a dedicated cloud enabling government

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04

Oct

Microsoft joins LOT Network, helping protect developers against patent assertions

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft is joining the LOT Network, a growing, non-profit community of companies that is helping to lead the way toward addressing the patent troll problem, an issue that impacts businesses of all sizes.

Microsoft has seen this problem firsthand. We’ve faced hundreds of meritless patent assertions and lawsuits over the years, and we want to do more to help others dealing with this issue. In most cases, the opportunists behind these assertions were not involved in the research and development of the ideas that came to be embodied in patents. Many do not even understand the technical concepts described in them. In the most extreme cases, we’ve seen mass mailings and campaigns to extract value from small businesses who are not equipped to understand patents. Although these problems are less acute in the US today than in the past, in part because of changes in the law, the challenge persists for many businesses. Entrepreneur magazine cited a recent study showing that 40 percent of small companies involved in patent litigation reported “significant operational impact” from those suits, which some described as a “death knell.”

What does all of this mean for you if you’re

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03

Oct

SSMS 18.0 public preview released
SSMS 18.0 public preview released

We are very excited to announce the public preview of SQL Server Management Studio 18.0. SSMS has been ported to the VS 2017 Isolated Shell, which brings with it many improvements to look and feel and accessibility. This release expands platform support to keep up with the announcements at Microsoft Ignite last week and includes bug fixes and feature updates across the board.

Download your copy of SSMS 18 public preview today.

New platform and feature support Support for SQL 2019 Support for Azure SQL Managed Instance Azure SQL Database support SLO/Edition Support for updated Azure SQL SKUs Support for Always Encrypted with secure enclaves UTF-8 support on collation dialog Shell improvements SSMS is based on the new VS 2017 Isolated Shell. This means a modern shell that unlocks all the accessibility features from both SSMS and VS 2017 across SSDT, DTA, Profiler, etc. Smaller download size (~400 MB). This is less than half of what SSMS 17.x is. SSMS can be installed in a custom folder. Currently, this is only available on the command line setup. Pass the extra argument to SSMS-Setup-ENU.exe, SSMSInstallRoot = C:MyFolder High DPI enabled by default. Better support for

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03

Oct

Deep Learning Without Labels
Deep Learning Without Labels

Announcing new open source contributions to the Apache Spark community for creating deep, distributed, object detectors – without a single human-generated label

This post is authored by members of the Microsoft ML for Apache Spark Team – Mark Hamilton, Minsoo Thigpen,
Abhiram Eswaran, Ari Green, Courtney Cochrane, Janhavi Suresh Mahajan, Karthik Rajendran, Sudarshan Raghunathan, and Anand Raman.

In today’s day and age, if data is the new oil, labelled data is the new gold.

Here at Microsoft, we often spend a lot of our time thinking about “Big Data” issues, because these are the easiest to solve with deep learning. However, we often overlook the much more ubiquitous and difficult problems that have little to no data to train with. In this work we will show how, even without any data, one can create an object detector for almost anything found on the web. This effectively bypasses the costly and resource intensive processes of curating datasets and hiring human labelers, allowing you to jump directly to intelligent models for classification and object detection completely in sillico.

We apply this technique to help monitor and protect the endangered population of snow leopards.

This week at the Spark + AI Summit in

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03

Oct

“Snip Insights” – An Open Source Cross-Platform AI Tool for Intelligent Screen Capture

This post is authored by Tara Shankar Jana, Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft.

What if we could infuse AI into the everyday tools we use, to delight everyday users? With just a little bit of creativity – and the power of the Microsoft AI platform behind us – it’s now become easier than ever to create AI-enabled apps that can wow users.

Introducing Snip Insights!

An open source cross-platform AI tool for intelligent screen capture, Snip Insights is a step change in terms of how users can generate insights from their screen captures. The initial prototype of Snip Insights, built for Windows OS and released at Microsoft Build 2018 in May, was created by Microsoft Garage interns based out of Vancouver, Canada.

Our team at Microsoft AI Lab, in collaboration with the Microsoft AI CTO team, took Snip Insights to the next level by giving the tool an intuitive new user interface, adding cross-platform support (for MacOS, Linux, and Windows), and offering free download and usage under the MSA license.

Snip Insights taps into Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services APIs and helps increase user productivity by automatically providing them with intelligent insights on their screen captures.

Solution Overview

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