Azure News Roundup – June 12, 2020

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Azure Maps Creator now available in preview

Microsoft launches Azure Maps Creator in preview to extend location intelligence to indoor spaces.

Skyline Summer Sessions

Greg Suttie launches Skylines Summer Sessions and will be interviewing guests from around the world on Azure related topics. Tune in and ask your questions!

Azure Firewall forced tunneling and SQL FQDN filtering now generally available

Forced tunneling lets you redirect all internet bound traffic from Azure Firewall to your on-premises firewall or to chain it to a nearby network virtual appliance (NVA) for additional inspection.

Microsoft beats Amazon to win the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract

It’s a key contract for Microsoft as the company battles Amazon for cloud dominance. The contract will provide the Pentagon with cloud services for basic storage and power all the way up to artificial intelligence processing, machine learning, and the ability to process mission-critical workloads.

Microsoft developer reveals Linux is now more used on Azure than Windows Server

Why is everyone, including Microsoft, switching to Linux and open-source software? Find out here.

Microsoft invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence project co-founded by Elon Musk

Microsoft and OpenAI announced a new partnership to build artificial general intelligence to tackle more complex tasks than AI. Microsoft will invest $1 billion in OpenAI as part of the project.

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