Microsoft Azure users around the globe are now facing service interruption to cloud services, virtual machines, backup service, websites, and more in multiple regions. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and they are working to restore the services. They also noted that Azure core components are working fine. Starting at 18 Aug 2014 17:49 UTC we are experiencing an interruption to Azure Services, may include Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile Services and possible other Azure Services in multiple regions. We are currently evaluating options to restore service. The next update will be provided in 15 minutes. You can check this page for live status. ...

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Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group today highlighted the number of great enhancements they have added to Microsoft Azure this past month. These include: Virtual Machines: Preview Portal Support as well as SharePoint Farm Creation Machine Learning: Public preview of the new Azure Machine Learning service Event Hub: Public preview of new Azure Event Ingestion Service Mobile Services: General Availability of .NET support, SignalR support Notification Hubs: Price Reductions and New Features SQL Database: New Geo-Restore, Geo-Replication and Auditing support Redis Cache: Larger Cache Sizes Storage: Support for Zone Redundant Storage SDK: Tons of great VS and SDK improvements All of these improvements are now available to use immediately. If you don’t already have a Azure account, you can sign-up for a free trial and start using all of the above features today. You can read more details about them at Scott Guthrie’s blog. ...

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Microsoft has added IE11 for Windows 7 and IE11 on Windows 8.1 to the suite of virtual machines now available on modern.IE for testing Internet Explorer across platforms and versions. The Redmond software giant also updated all of the virtual machines based on feedback from the community. Among the changes the company made to the refreshed images are: Windows update set to off by default to avoid the VMs with older versions of IE updating themselves automatically to the newest version for that operating system Resealed the images to have the longest expiration of the evaluation period allowed Brought answers to frequently asked questions right inside Windows on the desktop background Instituted a VM build version system and have the home page set to visit modern.IE to check for updates to the VMs For reference, IE6-11 testing virtual machines are available on the following platforms and virtualization technologies: 1. Windows a. ...

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