15 upcoming Azure cloud services for developers, security and AI

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A video analytics tool, a speaker recognition service, and a way to anchor objects for mixed reality are some of the Microsoft Azure products that are previewing or slated for general availability soon for US regions .

Azure Video Analyzer, Azure Cognitive Search Speaker Recognition, and Azure Object Anchors are just some of the more valuable tools listed as limited access for users of the cloud service, according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., is gaining traction in Amazon Web Services, widely seen as Microsoft’s top rival in cloud computing, according to Flexera’s 2022 State of the Cloud report.

AWS, Microsoft and the third-largest cloud service provider Google each spend billions each year to build and equip new data centers to meet growing demand for their cloud services. IT research firm Gartner predicts that revenue from public cloud services will grow 22% globally in 2022 year-over-year, driven by the broad acceleration in cloud adoption.

About 18% of companies spend $12 million or more annually on AWS. By comparison, 15% spend $12 million or more per year on Azure. According to Flexera, about 7% of enterprises reported spending $12 million or more per year on Google Cloud Platform.

During Microsoft’s latest quarterly results, the company reported that the intelligent cloud segment of its business reached $18.3 billion for the quarter, up 26% year-over-year. Revenue from server products and cloud services increased by 29%. Revenue from Azure and other cloud services grew 46%.

Giving some highlights from the Azure suite, CEO Satya Nadella said hybrid cloud tool Azure Arc has seen its customer base triple year over year. And Azure Cognitive Services saw more than 30 million hours of speech transcribed last quarter, roughly doubling year over year.

Here are the upcoming Azure releases planned for US regions and non-regional deployment.

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