Basically, how can we make developers’ lives easier? The big announcement here was Dev Box
. Basically, a beefy VM that has been designed for devs. I am sure CIOs and CISOs will love this. Let’s see how good it is before the devs get excited.
Super excited to see someone use the word ubiquity because it reminded me of the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once. Also, it allowed Satya to talk about Azure Orbital (that allows you to integrate Azure with your satellites (because we all totally have satellites) and show a cool demo of using object recognition at the edge to check for damages to your space suit before going out on a spacewalk. Finally!
Again, ubiquity for the win. MAUI
has gone into General Availability meaning you can use this in Production. MAUI is the latest attempt to be able to write once and run everywhere. Well almost everywhere. It is not supported on Linux but you can run it on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS which will satisfy 99%of your business cases until we finally get that Linux desktop that everyone wants to use. You design your UI once and it can generate the native code equivalent for the target operating system.
The big announcement here is that Azure Container Apps
went into General Availability. Azure Container Apps is a wrapper on top of Azure Kubernetes Service, DAPR, and KEDA. It is an attempt to reduce the complexity of working with Kubernetes (or as the cool kids say, k8s). Kubernetes is very powerful and can give you the option to run your apps on-prem or in different clouds but it has a steep learning curve and it can be difficult to find people who know how to work with it and more importantly, scale, secure, and maintain it. It looks like you can access the underlying Kubernetes cluster after it is built so you do have the freedom to extend it if you know what you are doing. This holds a lot of promise and I look forward to working with it.
Microsoft continues to mature its data platform. The latest incarnation is the Intelligent Data Platform. It is basically a re-branding of a set of tools that they already have such as Synapse, AzureML, SQL Purview, and Power BI and highlighting the value of using an integrated end-to-end platform for your analytics needs. We have clients who prefer best of breed approach using different vendors for each of the functional areas of Big Data but then struggle with integration, cost and governance. There is a huge benefit to being able to quickly spin up a data platform and start getting results with a unified end-to-end approach that already sits in Azure.
They also announced a lot of new features for those underlying services that are worth checking out such as Purview Data Policy, which allows data owners to provide access to their data, and the general availability of ledger in SQL 2022, which uses cryptographic tech similar to blockchain allowing you to prove to 3rd parties that your data has not been tampered with.
Models as Platforms
New AI models such as Dall-E which allows the generation of realistic images from a text description are getting incorporated into Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Applied AI services.
SuperComputers! NPUs! And Project Volterra
I don’t know what I am going to do with Project Volterra, but I want it.