Latest Cloud News: Azure Certs, GitHub Outage, Microsoft Closing Retail, and more! (Jun 30, 2020- Build5Nines Weekly) 1Build5Nines Weekly provides your go-to source to keep up-to-date on all the latest Microsoft Azure news and updates. Included within Build5Nines Weekly newsletter are blog articles, podcasts, videos, and more from Microsoft and the greater community over the past week. Be sure to subscribe to Build5Nines Weekly to get the newsletter in your email every week and never miss a thing!
Latest Cloud News: Azure Certs, GitHub Outage, Microsoft Closing Retail, and more! (Jun 30, 2020- Build5Nines Weekly) 2

MJFChat: What’s New with Azure Certifications

with special guest Chris Pietschmann

This last week, Chris Pietschmann (Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and Founder of Build5Nines) sat down remotely with Mary Jo Foley to discuss “What’s New with Azure Certifications” on the MJFChat podcast. In this episode, Chris talks with Mary Jo about the recent Microsoft Certification changes from where to get started with your own certification journey, retiring the MCSE/MCSD/MCSA certifications, what are role-based certifications, the Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification book, and more!

If you’re looking to learn more about the recent Microsoft Certification changes, or where to get started in your own certification journey, then you’ll want to listen to the “What’s new with Azure Certifications” episode of MJFChat.

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)

Software as a Service (SaaS)



Internet of Things (IoT)

Machine Learning (ML) / Artificial Intelligence (AI)


Containers (Docker, Kubernetes, Service Fabric, etc)

Security, Identity, and Privacy

Learning / Training / Certification


XBox / xCloud / Gaming

Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality



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


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:

Latest Featured Articles

Azure Service Updates

Here are the latest service updates from Microsoft over the last week:


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Chris PietschmannChris Pietschmann

Microsoft MVP – Azure
Founder, Build5Nines.com

Microsoft MVP

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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