# Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The third keynote at Microsoft Build 2020 was the most informative one that I’ve watched so far. It was hosted by Scott Guthrie, but included presentations and interviews by many other Microsoft experts, including Donovan Brown and CVPs Amanda Silver, Julia White, and Rohan Kumar. I’m most interested in exploring Codespaces (which was discussed in Keynote 2) and the new Machine Learning Studio.

Here are my notes:

 

95% of Fortune 500 companies use Azure

61 Azure regions

 

Sustainability

Carbon negative by 2030

By 2050, Remove all historical Microsoft carbon emissions

$1 billion climate innovation fund

 

Teams

75 million daily users

Built on Azure

 

Developing for the Cloud

Demo: Single Page App

Static Web Apps + Serverless Functions

Deployed from VS Code via GitHub

New Azure service; Static Web  App (Preview)

Github actions

Pull Request from VS Code, using GitHub extensions

Codespaces

 

Azure Static Web Apps

Currently in preview

Dynamic scaling

Github native workflow

Use JavaScript framework or static site generator to build app

You can Configure routing, auth, custom domains

 

Visual Studio Codespaces

Development environment in browser

Hosted in Azure

Extensions supported

VS or VS Code experience

 

Azure Serverless

Azure Kubernetes Service

Windows Server containers (new)

Azure Private Link

Spot pricing

cheaper, but allows for some interruptions

For more tolerant apps

 

Azure Cosmos DB

Free tier

Serverless pricing

pay only when used

May be cheaper for "spiky" workloads

Auto-scale

99.999% availability

 

Cognitive Services

AI in Azure

Built-in models

Customizable models

Personalizer

Rationalization service

Apprentice mode: Run along time existing service

New Speech voice styles

Enhanced container support

 

Power Apps

Developers and "Citizen Developers"

 

Demo: Covid-19 screening

VS Connected Services experience

Wizard to connect to Azure resources, such as CosmosDB

HTTPRepl

Browse and debug API

Command line

ls: List services in API

get: execute HTTP GET on API

 

Interview with Starbucks CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger

Using MS collaboration tools (e.g., "Teams") to connect teams

Using Azure to  analyze COVID-19 and understand which stores to open, when, and how to ope

 

Azure Synapse Analytics

Data warehouse

Integration with Power BI and Azure Machine Learning

Azure Synapse Link

Cloud native implementation of hybrid transactional analytical processing

Links operation databases to Synapse

Data available in seconds

No need for ETL pipelines

Currently available for Cosmos DB (other databases coming)

[Synapse Link] button in CosmosDB "Data Explorer" blade

 

New Azure Machine Learning Studio

Notebooks

Designer: drag and drop

Wizard

 

Azure Machine Learning Responsible ML (announced)

Understand, protect, and control data and models

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