One of the things I find so exciting about Windows Azure (apart from the challenge of keeping on top of it all) is the rate at which new features are being added. 2013 has seen Azure take a massive jump forward with the general release of infrastructure services opening up the platform to the IT Pro community. We have also seen quite a few moves in the open source direction with the introduction of a Hadoop service (HDInsight) as well as the extension of our mobile and notification services to iOS and Android not to mention a new Ruby SDK. Enhancements to monitoring and logging as well as Azure AD and Virtual Networking mean Azure is now a solid offering for larger enterprises that require tighter control over resources.
All in all it has been an exciting year for Azure and the overall Cloud OS strategy for Microsoft and 2014 is looking very exciting too!
Here is a summary of all of the updates this year with some links for further information.
Thank you for your post!
Can you explain that you mean by "•Enhancements to Monitoring and Diagnostics for Azure services" and "•Enterprise Management: Use Active Directory to Better Manage Windows Azure"?
No problem Alexey. With regard the Azure AD enhancements Scott Guthrie has a detailed description
The monitoring enhancements included new sql premium metrics as well as updates to Mobile Services. Again Scott has the full detail: