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Tutorial: Calico Network Policies with Azure Kubernetes Service 

In May 2019, Network Policies on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) became generally available through the Azure native policy plug-in or through the community project Calico. This user-defined network policy feature enables secure network segmentation within Kubernetes and allows cluster operators to control which pods can communicate with each other and resources outside the cluster. In this...

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Announcing the Open Application Model (OAM), an open standard for developing and operating applications on Kubernetes and other platforms 

Kubernetes has become the leading container orchestration environment. Its success has driven the remarkable growth of Kubernetes services on every public cloud. However, the core resources in Kubernetes like Services and Deployments represent disparate pieces of an overall application. They do not represent the application itself. Likewise, objects like Helm charts represent a potentially deployable...

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Announcing Distributed Application Runtime (Dapr), an open source project to make it easier for every developer to build microservice applications 

It is remarkable to see the transformation over the last few years as more and more developers build scalable, cloud native applications, taking advantage of managed services to deploy and run them. With this transformation, microservice architectures have become the standard for building cloud native applications, and it is predicted that by 2022, 90% of...

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Microsoft open sources SandDance, a visual data exploration tool 

SandDance, the beloved data visualization tool from Microsoft Research, has been re-released as an open source project on GitHub. This new version of SandDance has been re-written from the ground up as an embeddable component that works with modern JavaScript toolchains. The release is comprised of several components that work in native JavaScript or React...

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Discover, develop, and deploy smart contracts faster with Blockchain Dev Kit updates 

In May, we announced the release of the Azure Blockchain Development Kit for Ethereum. We worked together with open source leaders, like Truffle, to bring the best of Azure and open source technologies together to deliver a world class development experience for Ethereum smart contract development and deployment. This was released as a free Visual...

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Unboxing new Microsoft Azure solutions at SpringOne Platform 2019 

Spring and Java are first-class citizens on Microsoft Azure and our engineering teams have been working really hard for the past few years to make the developer experience for building and running Spring applications on Azure delightful and productive. To present to you this team’s great work, Microsoft is again coming to SpringOne Platform this...

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A new video series for beginners to learn Python programming 

Probably the largest hurdle when learning any new programming language is simply knowing where to get started. What’s important? What do I need to know to be proficient? It’s hard to follow docs when you’re not even sure what you’re reading. You might be taking a look at Python. Maybe you’re drawn because of its...

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Bringing container magic to cloud-native applications 

Last year at Microsoft Connect and DockerCon we announced the Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB) specification in partnership with Docker, HashiCorp, and Bitnami. Since then the CNAB community has grown to include Pivotal, Intel, Datadog, and others, and we are all extremely pleased to announce that the CNAB core 1.0 specification has reached Final Draft...

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exFAT in the Linux kernel? Yes! 

Microsoft ♥ Linux – we say that a lot, and we mean it! Today we’re pleased to announce that Microsoft is supporting the addition of Microsoft’s exFAT technology to the Linux kernel. exFAT is the Microsoft-developed file system that’s used in Windows and in many types of storage devices like SD Cards and USB flash...

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Now available: ONNX Runtime 0.5 with support for edge hardware acceleration 

ONNX Runtime 0.5, the latest update to the open source high performance inference engine for ONNX models, is now available. This release improves the customer experience and supports inferencing optimizations across hardware platforms. Since the last release in May, Microsoft teams have deployed an additional 45+ models that leverage ONNX Runtime for inferencing. These models...

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Microsoft joins partners and the Linux Foundation to create Confidential Computing Consortium 

Microsoft has invested in confidential computing for many years, so I’m excited to announce that Microsoft will join industry partners to create the Confidential Computing Consortium, a new organization that will be hosted at The Linux Foundation. The Confidential Computing Consortium will be dedicated to defining and accelerating the adoption of confidential computing. Confidential computing...

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ONNX Runtime: a one-stop shop for machine learning inferencing 

Organizations that want to leverage AI at scale must overcome a number of challenges around model training and model inferencing. Today, there are a plethora of tools and frameworks that accelerate model training but inferencing remains a tough nut due to the variety of environments that models need to run in. For example, the same...

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