Azure Weekly: May 1, 2018 - Build Conference Next Week! 1Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Microsoft Build Conference Next Week!

Next week, May 7, 2018, is when Microsoft’s Build Conference kicks off this year! You may have noticed by watching the Build Azure Weekly newsletter / blog post the last few weeks there have been a ton of new feature and service announcements recently. It appears the different product teams are gearing up for Build releases and announcements. In addition to the recent announcements, we will likely see quite a few new announcements and product releases made either directly at Build during the keynote talks, or online surrounding the event. This is something that generally happens every year at the event.

There are some great “Featured” speakers lined up for the Build Conference, which include the following. Rather than list job titles, the following lists topic areas, just as the official Microsoft Build information does.

  • Satya Nadella, Intelligent Cloud & Intelligent Edge
  • Scott Guthrie, Cloud & Artificial Intelligence
  • Joe Belfiore, Windows
  • Scott Hanselman, Visual Studio & .NET
  • Elaine Chang, Intelligent Bots
  • Mark Russinovich, Cloud & Microsoft Azure
  • Cindy Alvarez, UX Design
  • Aaron Gustafson, Progressive Web App Development

If you are not able to attend Build in-person next week, you can attend virtually through the Microsoft Build Live stream online for Free!

The Weeks Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Azure Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

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Blog Articles

Here’s a collection of some of the most note worthy blog articles posted over the past week:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Serverless and Functions as a Service (FaaS)

Command-Line / ARM Templates

Database / Big Data

Internet of Things (IoT)

Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence

Development and DevOps

Containers / Service Fabric

Blockchain / Smart Contracts

Security / Privacy

Learning / Certification


Azure Government



Here are links to some of the videos that have been posted over the past week:

Audio / Podcasts

To complete the collection of different mediums to allow you to consume your Azure news / info in any way you want, here’s a list of the podcasts released this week:

General Cloud / Related

Here’s some noteworthy links about Cloud computing and other related topics that aren’t necessarily specific to Microsoft Azure:


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Chris Pietschmann is a Microsoft MVP, HashiCorp Ambassador, and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with 20+ years of experience designing and building Cloud & Enterprise systems. He has worked with companies of all sizes from startups to large enterprises. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.
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