Cloud Platform Release Announcements for March 16, 2016

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:

  • Eclipse Foundation Membership | GA
  • Power BI Content Pack – March | Azure Security Center | GA
  • RMS support for Windows 10 user roaming and backup Public Preview
  • Azure RMS PowerShell cmdlets for super user access replace Bulk Protection tool and RMS log storage is included in purchase and enabled by default | GA

Eclipse Foundation Membership | GA

As the open source community gears up for EclipseCon 2016, two parties with historically competing technologies, Microsoft and Eclipse, will formalize their longstanding interoperability collaboration through membership in the Eclipse Foundation.

Joining the Eclipse Foundation will enable us to drive deeper collaboration with the Eclipse community to continuously improve our cloud services, SDKs and tools to better serve this important audience. Some examples of this critical work include Java SDK for Azure, the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse, and the Team Explorer Everywhere (Eclipse Plug-in) that enables Eclipse developers to connect to Visual Studio Team Services.

Power BI Content Pack – March | Azure Security Center GA

Power BI continues to make it easier for users to connect to their data, providing pre-built solutions for popular services as part of the experience. This month we added a content pack for Azure Security Center.

Azure Security Center offers increased visibility and insights into your Azure resources and Azure workload security. The Power BI content pack enables you to visualize, analyze, and filter recommendations and security alerts. The out-of-the-box dashboard and reports are created on top of your Azure Security data, enabling you to see and analyze it.

Subscribers to the supported services can now quickly connect to their account from Power BI and see their data through live dashboards and interactive reports that have been pre-built for them. Getting started with data visualization and analysis has never been easier, for additional information visit the Power BI blog.

RMS support for Windows 10 user roaming and backup | Public

Azure Rights Management will now support the preview of Enterprise State Roaming in Windows 10.

Settings sync has existed since Windows 8 and 8.1. It allows consumers to sync OS settings and Universal Windows Platform application data across all their personal Windows devices. It uses a personal Microsoft Account and a consumer OneDrive folder in the cloud to achieve this. Enterprise State Roaming brings the exact same user experience to enterprise users!

With Azure Rights Management all the data is automatically encrypted before leaving the user’s Windows 10 device by using Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS), and data stays encrypted at rest in the cloud. All content stays encrypted at rest in the cloud, except for the namespaces, like settings names and Windows app names. By the way, you don’t need a separate paid Azure RMS subscription to use this service. Microsoft provides free limited use Azure RMS service restricted for Enterprise State Roaming use.

Azure RMS PowerShell cmdlets for super user access replace Bulk Protection tool and RMS log storage is included in purchase and enabled by default | GA

Azure Rights Management is excited to announce two new updates to improve the IT admin experience. These improvements include:

  • Previously, customers were required create and manage an Azure storage account to enable usage logging through Azure RMS PowerShell cmdlets. This was both time-consuming, expensive and cumbersome. Based on your feedback, we have rolled out an improvement which does not require you to go through additional workflows or payments to enable and use your Azure RMS usage logs.
  • Expanded PowerShell cmdlets designed for developers and IT professionals who want to use scripting mechanisms to bulk protect and unprotect documents.

Check out the Official RMS Team Blog post for more information.