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The great cloud computing surge

Driven in part by the pandemic, cloud computing adoption has reached new heights. These five articles take a close look at the implications.

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Catching up on Build 2021: AI and Arm

Build 2021 packed a lot into 48 hours; here are some of the announcements you may have missed.

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New tools for Azure Data at Build 2021

From immutable ledgers in SQL Azure to in-memory cache in Cosmos DB, Microsoft is adding more features to its Azure data platform.

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Machine teaching with Microsoft’s Project Bonsai

Microsoft’s simulation-based machine teaching environment provides a way to build AI control systems.

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Build real-time communication applications with Azure Web PubSub

Azure’s latest service uses WebSockets to deliver a publish-and-subscribe messaging hub.

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Microsoft previews Azure service for building WebSocket applications

Azure Web PubSub allows developers to use WebSockets and a publish-subscribe pattern to build real-time web applications such as live monitoring dashboards, live maps, and live chat.

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Using Pulumi 3.0 to manage Azure infrastructure

Pulumi’s infrastructure-as-code platform gets a major upgrade, with Azure at the core.

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Microsoft returns to Java with Azure-focused OpenJDK release

It’s been a long time since Microsoft brewed its own Java. But now it’s back, with the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK, fit and finished for running in the Azure cloud.

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Microsoft gets serious about WebAssembly

Compiled code running at near-native speeds in the browser is getting the .NET touch.

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What Microsoft Mesh means for developers

Microsoft has unveiled a new framework for building collaborative, mixed-reality applications. What is Microsoft weaving into the Mesh toolchain and what will it mean for application development?

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Microsoft’s Power Fx low-code language channels Excel

The no-code, low-code language already leveraged in Power Apps will be extended across the entire Power Platform.

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Microsoft Mesh brings mixed-reality apps to Azure

The Mesh platform supports holographic experiences and mixed-reality applications for users of HoloLens and VR headsets as well as mobile devices and PCs.

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2021’s Ignite shows off new Cosmos DB features

Microsoft’s second virtual Ignite conference is promoting new Azure data services, including major upgrades to its planet-scale distributed database.

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Why Microsoft Azure wins with enterprise customers

In the cloud wars, Microsoft often comes off as second best to Amazon Web Services. But when it comes to established enterprises Azure wins more often than not. Here’s why.

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Run containers on Azure App Service

Simple container-based web apps and services don’t need Kubernetes to run on Azure.

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Microsoft Azure Quantum opens for public preview

Microsoft’s quantum computing platform has been used for applications including cancer research, logistics and freight optimization, and risk management.

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Cloud on cloud: Couchbase as a service on Azure

The Azure Marketplace lets you add third-party tools and services, such as Couchbase’s NoSQL database, to your applications.

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Extending Azure Functions with custom handlers

Build serverless code on Azure in any language.

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