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GA of Preview Features and APIs in Azure Search, Time Picker in Application Insights Analytics

The general availability (GA) of several new additions as well as a new REST API version and .NET SDK for Azure Search are announced today are covered by the standard Azure service level agreement (SLA) and can be used in production workloads.

This release didn’t include moreLikeThis, CSV and JSON support in Blob indexer, however the existing preview API (2015-02-28-Preview) still actively continues to support.

Here is what’s new in this release:


  • Blob Indexer parses and index text from common file formats such as Office documents, PDF, and HTML. NOTE: CSV and JSON support is still in preview.
  • Table Indexer helps ingest data from an Azure Table store.
  • Custom Analyzers lets you take control over the process of lexical analysis that’s performed over the content of your documents and query terms.
  • Analyze API helps test built-in and custom analyzers to see how the analyzer breaks text into tokens.
  • ETag Support lets you safely update index definitions, indexers, and data sources concurrently.

New REST API Version (2016-09-01) and .NET SDK

  • Service REST API version (2016-09-01), which includes all of the GA features noted in the previous section.
  • .NET SDK equivalent of the Service REST API (2016-09-01).
  • .NET SDK for management operations (Microsoft.Azure.Management.Search), which is the first .NET SDK for Search service and api-key management, wrties azure team.

A Tme picker has been added to Azure Application Insights Analytics, making it easier to set a time range for queries.

The default range is Last 24 hours, but you can easily change that: Just select a different preset range, or simply add your own “where timestamp…” clause to the query (so if your queries already include a time filter, they’ll work exactly as before).

So, what does the time picker do? “time picker, allows you to zoom in and explore interesting data events without manually editing a query.” “Located next to the Go button, you can select a time range and apply to a query, which will apply to all the queries in the current tab.” After executing the query, you can see the applied time range on the results bar.

“The default range is Last 24 hours, but you can easily use a different range – simply select any of the other presets – last 10 minutes, last hour, 2 or 7 days—instead of manually typing it again and again. “

Time filters are also a good way to make your queries more efficient and get faster results.

Time Picker in Application Insights Analytics

Time Picker in Application Insights Analytics.

Time Picker in Application Insights Analytics - Date Range

Time Picker in Application Insights Analytics – Date Range

Time Picker in Application Insights Analytics - Time Filter

Time Picker in Application Insights Analytics – Time Filter

Finally, also the Documentation for Azure Information Protection (formerly Azure Rights Management) November 2016 update has been released. The following information lists the articles that have significant technical changes since the last update (October 2016):

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