Microsoft Azure News: 2022 Year in Review

December 29 2022

With the year now almost wrapped up, it is time to take a look back at all the changes we’ve seen in 2022. In a year defined by inflation, international upheaval, and a pending recession, Azure experienced continued growth, added new services, changed existing offerings, and continued to experience financial performance.

The articles presented below represent Azure-focused news and articles that covered 2022's most notable product changes and the topics that our audience was most interested to read about.

Microsoft Automotive & Mobility: New partnerships in 2022 (Jan. 5, 2022)

Microsoft and its industry partners kicked off 2022 with a string of automotive technology announcements. The announcements from Annata, Wejo, and Tekion built on a string of partnerships in 2021 with Blue Yonder, Arrival, ZF, and the Eclipse Foundation, and pointed to increased uptake of connected vehicle technology.

Microsoft prepares partners for New Commerce Experience with updated offers, deadlines (Jan. 17, 2022)

Microsoft invited its customers and partners on a "multi-stage, multi-year journey" in which cloud software and services will become more profitable, less complex, and, they say, less expensive.

The company's "new commerce experience", or NCE, went live on January 10 with seat-based offers for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Window 365 through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

What does the Russian invasion of Ukraine mean for cloud security? (Feb. 25, 2022)

Many around the world were stunned when Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine to claim Russian-speaking regions in Ukraine’s east. This surprise was felt particularly strongly in the cybersecurity community and among many partners with operations in Ukraine.

Why hybrid cloud is here to stay: A Q&A with Duan van der Westhuizen (Feb. 25, 2022)

Duan van der Westhuizen, SVP of Public Cloud at Ensono, is witnessing the evolution of hybrid cloud first-hand—and shared his perspectives with MSCloudNews about what comes next. “The worlds of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are starting to collide.  We see a lot of buzz around multi-cloud as the future of cloud. But multi-cloud is often not the strategy, but rather a result of doing business. Essentially, it is a symptom of companies merging and ending up with shadow IT. In many cases, multi-cloud when adopted unplanned can create huge amounts of complexity.”

Microsoft announces Azure for Operators updates, partner progress (March 5, 2022)

Microsoft shared new details on the telecommunications-focused Azure for Operators, including the launch of hybrid cloud Distributed Services offering.

The company plans to have the new service run either on Azure or AT&T on-prem. Currently, Operator Distributed Services can support AT&T’s core mobile network, including 60 containerized network functions and VNFs from 15 different vendors.

With Nuance deal done, Microsoft promises more industry AI, customer service convergence (March 8, 2022)

Microsoft completed its $19.7 billion acquisition of cloud and AI software provider Nuance. Eighty members of the Fortune 100 use Nuance solutions, according to the company, which offers specialized AI-based tools and services for creating documents, analyzing voices and behavior, or diagnostic imaging in verticals including healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, government, and retail.

James Phillips, president of Microsoft's Digital Transformation Platform Group, departs (Apr. 4, 2022)

James Phillips announced his departure from Microsoft. Philips was president of the company's Digital Transformation Platform Group for the last year, a leadership role that included some Azure service responsibilities in addition to Microsoft Business Applications.

Out of chaos, order: How Microsoft Azure customers are beginning to use Azure Chaos Studio (March 22, 2022)

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