Cloud Platform Release Announcements for July 22, 2015

This is a blog post of a new ongoing series of consolidated updates from the Cloud Platform team.

In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, Microsoft provides the technologies and tools to enable enterprises to embrace a cloud culture. Our differentiated innovations, comprehensive mobile solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the true potential of the cloud first era.

You expect cloud-speed innovation from us, and we’re delivering across the breadth of our Cloud Platform product portfolio. Below is a consolidated list of our latest releases to help you stay current, with links to additional details if you’d like more information.  In this update:

  • Enterprise Mobility announcements

  • Azure Marketplace

  • Azure Pack v2 UR7

  • Recap of 7/20 Visual Studio Announcements


Enterprise Mobility Announcements

Identity driven security with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite

An increasing concern for IT is the growth in both the frequency and sophistication of cybersecurity attacks. This is why identity is at the core of our Enterprise Mobility vision and offerings. Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) already provides a holistic solution to help secure productivity across multiple layers, covering identity and access management, mobile device and application management and persistent information protection at the level of the file itself. Today, we are excited to expand this solution with the announcement of the general availability of a new cyber-security product as well as expanded support for our information protection capabilities. You can read the announcement blog here.

  • Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) – General Availability in August 2015:  ATA is an on-premises product helping IT to identify security breaches with user and entity behavior analytics. This new cybersecurity solution will be generally available in August 2015. To learn more about this release, read this blogpost.

  • Azure Rights Management support for Office for iPad – General Availability: We are excited to further enhance and protect these beautiful mobile productivity experiences with support for Azure Rights Management across the Office for iPad apps beginning with Word, PowerPoint and Excel. To learn more visit the blog from the Office 365 team here.


Azure Marketplace

Azure Marketplace adds additional features and functionality

Over the last few weeks the Azure Marketplace launched Developer Services, Container Apps from Docker Hub, and new compute offerings.  Developer Services and Container Apps are two new categories in the Azure Marketplace that provide additional tools and functionality beyond the Azure platform to streamline application development and help developers be more productive on Azure.  Additionally, we are excited to announce enhanced deployment capabilities for clustered virtual machines in the Azure Marketplace, as well as programmatic enablement for virtual machines deployment.  It is now easier than ever for customers to deploy high availability offerings with just a few clicks.  To learn more about these new features and functionalities read this blog post.


Azure Pack v2 UR7

Windows Azure Pack UR7 is the next release in our cadence of quarterly updates.  Our quarterly updates are driven by direct feedback from our customers – the top requests determine the features we add.  UR7 incorporates enhancements for both Windows Server 2012 R2, upcoming Windows Server 2016 preview releases and maintenance fixes.  You can learn more about the updates by joining our WAP community.


Recap of 7/20 Visual Studio Announcements

On July 20th Microsoft made available the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6. Visual Studio 2015 includes numerous new capabilities to help any developer achieve more, and will extend that productivity and power across multiple platforms – from Windows to Linux to iOS and Android – to meet the demands of today’s diverse mobile-first, cloud-first world.

Product highlights include:

  • Cross-platform mobile development – to create mobile apps that run on multiple platforms including Android, iOS and Windows from a single code base with your existing skills.

  • Cross-platform server development – to build cross-platform server applications with your choice of language and deployment platform such as Windows or Linux servers. With Visual Studio 2015 you can use the programming language of your choice including rich tooling support for Python, Node.js, or a preview for the Microsoft’s newest managed language solution based on .NET Core 5 which supports Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

  • DevOps – Visual Studio 2015 with Visual Studio Online and the upcoming Team Foundation Server 2015 enables DevOps by providing a complete solution for managing your work, developing, building, testing, and releasing your app, and the tools for monitoring the health and usage of your app.

  • Innovation for Productivity – Visual Studio 2015 introduces a much richer debugging experience, now with integrated advanced capabilities such as performance monitoring and historical debugging. In addition we’ve added many new features for managed developers through .NET Compiler Platform, such as Light Bulbs to help fix common code issues, improved refactoring tools and live code analysis that automate code fixes as you type.

  • Build for Windows – Build the next generation of Windows apps and games for the Universal Windows Platform that run across all Windows 10 devices, including phones, tablets, PCs, Xbox, internet of things (IoT) and HoloLens. Visual Studio 2015’s support for Windows 10 tooling will be available with Windows 10 on July 29th.

Get familiar with the latest version of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 with the following resources: