Microsoft Revamps Azure Preview Portal, Upgrades Database Security
Microsoft issues new quality of life improvements for its cloud application management and monitoring toolset and rolls out a new Azure SQL Database security feature.Azure cloud administrators will notice new enhancements to Preview Portal this month that are meant to help make their app upkeep tasks easier. First announced at last year's Build 2014 conference in San Francisco, Azure Preview Portal is an integrated collection of tools that consolidate cloud app management, monitoring and DevOps capabilities. "Imagine a world where infrastructure and platform services blend together in one seamless experience, so developers and IT professionals no longer have to work in disparate environments in the cloud," said Microsoft Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie during the reveal. "Microsoft has been rapidly innovating to solve this problem, and we have taken a big step toward that vision today." With the new February update, the company is looking to make the experience a bit more seamless with a host of user interface (UI) improvements, according to Leon Welicki, principal program manager lead at Azure Websites. Foremost is the addition of a long-awaited feature: keyboard shortcuts. "Enabling keyboard shortcuts has been a very common and popular ask since we first unveiled the Azure Preview Portal," said Welicki in a blog post. "We have added keyboard shortcuts to open the hubs and to navigate between the blades." The full list of shortcuts is available in a separate blog post from Jakub Jedryszek, a Microsoft software engineer.
A new blade minimize command allows users to quickly collapse and restore their portal management panes. The portal startup sequence has been sped up and now sports "a simpler and more elegant splash screen," Welicki added.