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Here, we're gonna list most of the important Microsoft Products announcements in Jan 2020 categorized by Product type.

Microsoft Products Monthly Announcements Jan 2020

You may also interest to read Microsoft Products Monthly Announcements | Dec 2019


Windows Server AnnouncementsWindows

MSIX Packaging Tool

MSIX Packaging Tool helps you to repackage the Win 32 applications to MSIX file formats.

On Jan 15, 2020, Microsoft announced a new release for MSIX Packaging Tool. 

DTrace

DTrace.exe is a command-line tool that lists system events and system information.

On Jan 27, 2020, Microsoft announced new updates to DTrace on Windows.


SQL Server Announcements

SQL Server

SQL Server 2019

On  Jan,7,2020, the first cumulative update for SQL Server 2019 RTM has been released.

On Jan, 7,2020, Microsoft announced that the SQL Server 2019 package native is available to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 ecosystem.

Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server

It is a diagnostic tool that helps you to investigate and troubleshoot related Kerberos connectivity issues for

  • SQL Server,
  • SQL Server Reporting Services, and 
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). 

It collects information about

  • Operating system,
  • SQL Server instances,
  • Installed listeners of "Always On Availability Group".
  • List all Service Principal Name (SPN) and delegation configurations on the server.
  • Identify and fix potential problems in SPNs and delegations.

You can download the Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server (v4.2) that released on Jan 17, 2020.

SQL Server Migration Assistant

It's a SQL Server tool that helps you to automate database migration to SQL Server from

  • Microsoft Access, 
  • MySQL,
  • DB2,
  • Oracle,
  • SAP ASE.

On Jan 21, 2020, Microsoft announced a new release (v8.6) for SQL Server Migration Assistant.

Microsoft.Data.SqlClient 2.0

On Jan 22,2020, Microsoft announced Microsoft.Data.SqlClient 2.0 Preview 1. 


Azure Announcements

Microsoft Azure

On Jan 10, 2020, Microsoft announced Azure Private Link support for the Azure Database for PostgreSQL Single server public preview.

On Jan 10, 2020, Microsoft announced Azure Private Link support for the Azure Database for MySQL public preview.

On Jan 10, 2020, Microsoft announced Azure Private Link support for the Azure Database for MariaDB public preview.

On Jan 9, 2020, Microsoft announced new Azure Sphere changes will come in February 2020.

On Jan 14, 2020, Microsoft announced the availability of Azure SQL Database Edge public preview.

On Jan 17, 2020, Microsoft announced January 2020 unified Azure SDK release.

On Jan 20, 2020, the Azure Data Factory supports Static IP address ranges now. 

On Jan 20, 2020, Microsoft announced enhancing Azure Data Factory resume capability.

On Jan 21, 2020, Microsoft announced Azure portal updates for Azure Spot VM and VMSS preview.

On Jan 23, 2020, Microsoft announced a number of app management for Azure Active Directory. 

On Jan 27, 2020, Microsoft announced the availability of building Mapping Data Flows utilizing Managed Identity.

On Jan 29, 2020, Microsoft announced diagnostics and guidance on CI/CD new features for Azure Spring Cloud. 

On Jan 30, 2020, Microsoft announced the Second refresh release for Azure Service Fabric 7.0.


Office 365 Announcements

Office 365 

On Jan 7, 2020, Microsoft announced the Office Scripts (Preview) on the web is available.

On Jan 7, 2020, Microsoft announced a new feature in the Office Cloud Policy Service that allows us to configure and find recommended security policies.

On Jan 8, 2020, Microsoft announced updates for Management Preview

On Jan 8, 2020, Microsoft announced the early preview of the Fluid Framework experience, it is starting to roll out to tenants configured for Targeted Release.

On Jan  17, 2020, Microsoft announced new updates for OneNote.

On Jan 22, 2020, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Search in Bing extension to Office 365 ProPlus customers starting at the end of February. 

On Jan 23, 2020, Microsoft announced Yammer now supports eDiscovery in Native Mode. 

On Jan 24, 2020, Microsoft announced the upcoming features to the new Outlook version.

On Jan 30, 2020, Microsoft announced new updates in Microsoft Forms.


SharePoint Announcements

SharePoint

SharePoint 2019

SharePoint 2016

SharePoint 2013


Teams Announcements

Microsoft Teams

On Jan 28, 2020, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Teams 3rd part APPs in GCC.

On Jan 31, 2020, Microsoft announced new features, experiences, and resources that came to Microsoft Teams.

You may also interest to read Microsoft Teams in a nutshell.


PowerBI Announcements

Microsoft Power BI

On Jan 27, 2020, Microsoft announced the new Power BI Report Server features.

  • You can export visual to Excel and other file formats.
  • Set the table column to the custom URL.
  • Additional formatting settings like font family, color ...etc have been added for KPI visual.
  • New conditional formatting for Button control.
  • New "Quarter" DAX function has been introduced.
  • New performance enhancements
  • New file format PBDIS to streamline the "Get Data" experience.

All details mentioned at Power BI Report Server January 2020 Feature Summary

Download Power BI Report Server January 2020 update

You may be also interested to read how to Install and Configure Power BI Report Server On-Prem


Other Microsoft Products Updates

On Jan 14, 2020, Microsoft announced the availability of a Microsoft Launcher "Preview" to the Google Play Store. 

On Jan 15, 2020, Microsoft announced Deprecating Average Position in Bing Ads API.

On Jan 17, 2020, Microsoft announced new updates for Microsoft Learning Tools.

On Jan 17, 2020, Microsoft announced January 2020 workplace Analytics feature updates.

On Jan 21, 2020, Microsoft announced Insider Risk Management public preview.

On Jan 27, 2020, Microsoft announced the Acronyms feature for Microsoft Search. 

On Jan 27, 2020, Microsoft announced Web content filtering with Microsoft Defender ATP now in public preview


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