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Microsoft Azure To Get More Developer-Friendly, Extends Azure Cloud Services Reach [VIDEO]

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Microsoft Azure is on fire, the software giant's cloud computing services are about to get another big update this week. The Redmond-based software company has just announced the general availability of the Azure Command Line Interface 2.0, providing clean and pipe-able outputs for interacting with popular command-line tools. The software company made the huge announcement this week.

According to MS Power Users, the Redmond-based software company has finally announced the general availability of a newly upgraded version of the Azure command-line tool, the Azure Command-Line (CLI) 2.0, adding an extended set of commands and support for other Microsoft cloud-based services.

The Azure CLI 2.0 is Azure's new command-line experience for managing and administering various Azure resources from the command-line. It can be used not only on Windows platform but also on Linux and Apple's MacOS.

Additionally, Microsoft Azure also added some new features on board, such as the 'wait and 'no-wait' capabilities, to allow users to respond to external conditions or even continue script without for any response, MS Power User reported.

The newly upgraded Azure Command-Line allows users to combine Bash and native commands, which said to be a big help and a time-saving feature for most IT developers who are already well-versed in using Linux-based command-line tools.

In addition to the new command-line experience, the new Azure Command-line Interface 2.0 also contains support for many Microsoft Azure services, which include new command modules for SQL Server, the DocumentDB NoSQL solution and the popular open source-based distributed cache platform Redis Cache.

And it's not just about enhancing the command-line experience, Microsoft Azure is also working hard to address key areas in the container technology front. On the application container side, the Azure CLI 2.0 can also be used to spin up and scale Azure Managed Disk and Azure Container Service clusters, allowing IT admins to manage and scale their virtual machines.

IT professionals and developers can learn more about this new Azure feature at the Microsoft Azure official website.

In other Azure-related news, Microsoft this week released the final and third technical preview for its Azure Stack hybrid technology, which will allow developers and companies to run a version of the company's cloud computing platform on servers they acquire from other providers, rather than using Microsoft's data centers, according to InfoWorld.

Azure Stack will be made available as an integrated server hardware and software bundles from the company's technology partners, which include Dell EMC, HPE (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) and the Chinese tech giant Lenovo.

Microsoft has also revealed new details on pricing and general availability. Check out Azure Stack website for more info.

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