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Microsoft Azure Trends in 2023

by MSCN Reporter
Staff Writer,

With 2023 coming to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the top trends of the year for Microsoft Azure customers and partners. Throughout the year, Microsoft repeatedly revisited the themes of AI and machine learning, with a special focus on GTP-4, Azure OpenAI Service, and Copilots. The company also continued to expand its data management offerings, like with the GA of Fabric, deepened its security, networking, and analytics capabilities, and enhanced more specialized capabilities for industries as diverse as space services and agriculture.


Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure OpenAI Service, allowing customers to run models like DALL-E, Codex, and GPT-3.5. Microsoft CTO Mark Russinovich touted Azure Confidential Computing capabilities, based on 4th generation Intel Xeon scalable processors with Intel Trusted Domain Extensions (TDX).

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In February, DARPA, the US defense research and development agency named Azure as its partner for quantum computing initiatives. Classiq joined the move toward quantum computing initiatives with Azure for academia. Azure Load Testing entered general availability along with mTLS support in Application Gateway, and new capabilities related to the Responsible AI Framework.

An Azure outage in Southeast Asia alarmed some in the community, taking down Dynamics 365 Business Central temporarily. Microsoft closed out the month touting Azure’s support for 5G and low latency, plus the preview of Azure Operator Nexus at Mobile World Congress.

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Microsoft hosted Azure Open Source Day, exploring the 60,000 dependencies and 9.5 million open-source references in its code base. The company previewed Data Manager for Agriculture, a service that expands on Intelligent Data Platform. ChatGPT launched in-preview for Azure OpenAI Service and the company premiered new VMs for generative AI.

Microsoft closed out the month promoting trust in AI at its Microsoft Secure event, sharing new cybersecurity developments. It also highlighted its partnership with Datadog to integrate with Azure Arc.

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Azure Space announcements dominated the news cycle in April, with Viasat announcing a new Real-Time Earth service and Microsoft itself announcing support for government digital transformation with Azure Space. Microsoft issued the public preview of confidential containers on Azure Container Instances among other announcements.

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In connection with Microsoft Build, an Elastic executive explored the ways that Elasticsearch can be used with Azure Machine Learning to support copilot initiatives. Microsoft CFO Dave O’Hara discussed the scale of the market for generative AI. Bloomberg began to provide support for datasets with Azure Virtual Networks, Aisera expanded support for Azure OpenAI Service, and KPMG announced its own participation in generative AI projects.

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