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Multiple Azure updates, PostgreSQL support for Cosmos DB

Published on Oct 15, 2022

During Microsoft Ignite 2022, Microsoft announced new Azure cloud services, including enhancements to its Dev Box developers environment, PostgreSQL support for Cosmos DB, but only for invite-only access, and cost-savings programs.

In its annual Ignite conference, Microsoft announced several changes to Azure cloud services, including PostgreSQL support for Cosmos DB, a new developer environment called Dev Box, OpenAI image-generation software, a new Azure Hybrid Benefit program, and a compute cost-saving plan.

As part of Microsoft’s overall strategy, the announcements are designed to position Azure as a developer’s hub, with a growing range of developer tools.

As of today, Microsoft Dev Box is still in preview and is a service that provides cloud-based, ready-to-code virtual workstations.

The company announced the creation of Visual Studio images for Microsoft Dev Box… Developers can now save time and concentrate on coding what matters with Visual Studio available as soon as a development box is created,’’ the company stated in a statement, without indicating when the product would become generally available.

Typically, developers need to install Visual Studio, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and configure it so that it has the settings they need to write code, according to Arnal Dayaratna, research vice president at IDC.

A developer must spend a considerable amount of time downloading and configuring an IDE prior to writing a single line of code.

As an alternative, Dev Box offers organizations the ability to pre-configure a managed development environment, thereby reducing the burden on developers of installing and configuring developer tools, which speeds up the development process, according to the analyst.

Dev Box is unique among cloud service providers, according to Dayaratna.

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