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Azure Blob and Azure Table in Portal Now in Preview Support

Preview support for Azure blob and Azure table data sources in the Portal is now announced.

Make your Microsoft Office, HTML, PDF, and other documents searchable with just a few clicks in the Import Data wizard.

The preview provide a simple user interfaces to pick accounts and containers from within your subscription.

Perhaps you want to index blobs containing an Outlook email archive, or create a resume search application to streamline your hiring process. After selecting your data, “Microsoft will detect your metadata fields and suggest an index,” expalins the azure team.

The blob indexer has the ability to crack open your documents and extract all text into the content field as well.

For more information about indexers, see our articles on indexing table and blob storage through the API.

To get started with Azure Search in the Portal check out this article.

Portal support for Azure Search blob and table indexers now in preview

In other news, the SQL Server Migration Assistant for Datazen is now generally available in the Download Center.

Generally-available version supports the following additional Datazen features:

  • Dashboard and KPI data sources: SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, SQL Server Analysis Services, OLEDB, and ODBC
  • Dashboards that use personalized data views
  • Data view refresh plans (where appropriate)

“This application is designed to help organizations migrate their existing Datazen Server content, including dashboards and KPI’s, to a SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services server,” the team explained.

You can download SQL Server Migration Assistant for Datazen here.

Microsoft seems extremely keen on releasing the tools necessary to take advantage of Machine learning technology.

To this end, Microsoft is currently working on “Open Mind Studio” – what’s been called the “Visual Studio for Machine Learning.”

This slide is from a talk by Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Applications and Services, Qi Lu , revealing Open Mind, the “Visual Studio for Machine Learning”.

Open Mind is a Visual Studio-like suite for machine learning, according to the slide (via ZDnet).

Open Mind: Visual Studio like suite

Cloud-first, mobile-first: Microsoft moves to a fully wireless network

Microsoft IT is responsible for supporting 900 locations and 220,000 users around the world.

In another blog post today, David Lef, Principal Network Architect at Microsoft IT, talks about supporting a network as it transitions from a traditional infrastructure to a fully wireless cloud computing platform.

David is helping to define the evolution of the network topology to a cloud-based model in Azure that supports changing customer demands and modern application designs.

Lef explains “the planning and processes behind migrating to a wireless networking environment, including primary drivers, planning considerations, and challenges.”

Cloud-first, mobile-first: Microsoft moves to a fully wireless network

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