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  • Blog Post: Application Insights: Choose your own Performance Counters

    You’ve always been able to see some performance counters in Metric Explorer : Process CPU, Available Memory, and so on. Windows has lots of other performance counters, and you may also have defined your own custom counters. And now with the latest Application Insights SDK for web apps you can collect...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Application Insights SDK for Java

    When you publish a Java web application, you want a clear view of what users are doing with it and how it’s performing. Your most effective plan for future work comes from a deep understanding of how people use what you’ve already provided: which features they like, what patterns they follow, and what...
  • Blog Post: Adding Application Insights to a Windows 8.1 Universal App

    I’ve commonly been asked if Application Insights supports Windows 8.1 Universal Apps. You can be highly successful utilizing Application Insights with Universal Apps. Integration of Application Insights is a few additional steps but very straightforward. In this blog post, I’ll walk through the steps...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Data at Scale with New Capabilities in Application Insights and Metrics Explorer

    Application Insights can capture, store and index large scale amounts of data about your application’s availability, performance and usage. But how can you gain insights from this data once it is stored in Application Insights? In this blog post, we will take you through some of the brand new features...
  • Blog Post: Modern Apps & Agile Analytics

    Introduction Agile software development came out of a number of experimental approaches taken in the late 1990s to change the way software was planned, developed and delivered. One of the essential components common to all agile methods is the concept of incremental delivery. When an engineering team...
  • Blog Post: Learn about your app’s usage with Application Insights

    We’re excited to introduce our new usage analysis experience for both your web applications and device apps (Windows Phone and Windows Store applications). Using Application Insights , it’s now easy to answer common questions about your app adoption, your users’ profile, the way...
  • Blog Post: Metrics Explorer - Custom metrics, events and properties

    Knowing how people use your application is vital to shaping your development priorities and architecture. To get that information, Visual Studio Application Insights makes it easy to insert a few snippets of code that send telemetry about how each feature is being used. With this release of Application...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights: Moving from Visual Studio Online Portal to Azure Preview Portal

    In the last year, Application Insights has been making a transition from being part of the Visual Studio Online Portal to be one of the services offered in the new Azure Preview portal . It has been our vision to provide you complete 360° views of your applications' availability, performance and...
  • Blog Post: Why Analytics?

    Analytics gives us the ability to understand our users and what they are experiencing, so we can build the right applications for them. It alerts us quickly to any issues and helps us diagnose them rapidly so as to provide users with the best possible service level. Users have high expectations and...
  • Blog Post: Search your logs instantly using property filters

    Our latest improvements to Application Insights Diagnostic Search include a personal favorite of mine, Property filters. While it’s easy to setup logging from your application, we don’t want you and your team to spend a lot time trying to search your logs. Property filters in the Diagnostic Search provides...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights now supports Windows Phone and Windows Store applications

    Application Insights now supports collecting telemetry from Windows Phone and Windows Store applications and lets you visualize it in the Azure Preview portal. You can get insights about your users and what they are doing with your application, as well as diagnose and fix your app crashes. When you add...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights support for Multiple Environments, Stamps and App Versions

    Application Insights can collect telemetry from your application at any stage in its development, from debugging to live production. By default, all these different streams will go into the same bucket and interfere with each other. For example, if you run heavy stress tests, they could give a false...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights and Azure WebSites

    Azure WebSites is a popular “fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds” (see more about Azure WebSites here ).  Application Insights is a preview service available in the Azure Preview portal designed to help development...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights: Exception Telemetry

    Application Insights lets you monitor your live application for its availability, performance and usage. Exception telemetry is of course, a central piece of this. In this blog, we’ll look at the compelling diagnostics experience enabled by capturing exceptions along with request telemetry. I’ll also...
  • Blog Post: Export telemetry from Application Insights

    At last! Everyone's been asking for this, so we're very pleased to announce it. You can set up a continuous export of your telemetry from the Application Insights portal in JSON format. We put the data into blob storage in your Microsoft Azure account. From there, you can pick it up and write whatever...
  • Blog Post: Updated Application Insights Status Monitor to support .12 (and later) Application Insights SDK

    The latest release of the Application Insights Status Monitor tool provides an update to the runtime instrumentation agent, which is a component of Application Insights that automatically discovers your code dependencies like SQL databases, other HTTP endpoints and Azure storage accounts.  This...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights SDK (0.11.0-prerelease)

    What is it? Application Insights SDK lets you send telemetry to the Application Insights portal, where you can find out what users are doing with your application. 0.11.0 is the latest SDK release for Application Insights. This SDK includes new functionality and new concepts in addition to a change...
  • Blog Post: Perform diagnostic search across your Application Insights telemetry

    In Application Insights, we’ve just upgraded Diagnostic Search so that you can search all the raw telemetry such as page views, as well as the trace log calls that you can insert. This makes it a lot easier to find and follow chains of events in your app. So for example, if you inserted some log4Net...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights tools in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3

    Application Insights Tools 2.1 comes pre-installed in the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3, released last month. When you create a new project with it, analytics reports appear in the new Microsoft Azure Preview portal , instead of the older Visual Studio Online portal . Existing projects are unaffected....
  • Blog Post: Connecting Microsoft Application Insights from “behind the firewall”

      One of the members of our happy ALM Family, Stuart Preston, did a great post on setting up Application Insights to an Application running from behind the firewall. Thanks Stuart!!   **************************** Microsoft Application Insights: Connecting from “behind the firewall” Working...
  • Blog Post: Enhance your Application Availability Monitoring with VS 2013 Web Test Plugins

    You may be aware Application Insights in Visual Studio Online provides you with the capability of monitoring the availability of your web applications through the use of Visual Studio Web Tests . If not, you may want to take a peek at this post before continuing. Now, let’s assume your application...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights SDK (0.10.0-prerelease)

    What is it? Application Insights SDK lets you send telemetry to the Application Insights portal, where you can find out what users are doing with your application. 0.10.0 is the latest SDK release for Application Insights. This SDK includes new functionality and new concepts in addition to a change in...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring your existing Applications

    Sometimes you want to monitor a web application that’s already installed and running – without updating the code or redeploying it. Maybe it has some kind of performance issues or is throwing exceptions and you need to apply instrumentation ASAP. Now you can do that with Application Insights Status Monitor...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights - instrumentation approaches for running tests

    [this summer Beckylin Orooji from the University of Central Florida in Orlando studying Computer Science interned with the Application Insights team in the developer division at Microsoft.  Below is a blog she authored based on some end to end scenarios she worked on] In my scenario today I have...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights tools for Visual Studio included in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC

    Today, as part of the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Release Candidate, projects enabled for Application Insights will result in an Application Insights resource being provisioned in an Azure subscription (visible in Portal Preview at https://portal.azure.com ). Currently the Application Insights Blade...
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