Microsoft releases features for preview, or you may also know them as better features.
Those can be new services or enhancements to existing services, API changes or new VM or storage types.
Preview features are released under certain terms that are specific to each feature.
Also, keep in mind that certain preview features may not be covered by support.
Let's look at the different preview options.
The first option is the so called private preview.
Private preview features are available for select customers for evaluation.
Very often, those customers are strategic customers. So as your insiders who are active in submitting feedback about the functionality
most of the time, those preview features are also under known. Disclosure agreements or ideas
and public information about them is restricted.
Those preview features are driven by the product team who is developing the functionality.
However, there are also public preview features that are available for everybody to evaluate.
You can learn about preview features if you wish by visiting the preview page on the azure website.
There you can find information and what preview features are available and how you can evaluate them.
Sometimes you may need to send a request to participate in the evaluation.
The page also provides information on how to submit feedback through the Azure team.
Preview features also show up when you do a search in the azure marketplace.
We learned how to do that in our previous video,
as your portal also has preview features that are available if you load the portal through a special U R L shown on the screen.
Those can be accessibility,
navigation or performance improvements.
The preview portal has an orange banner that notifies you that this is the preview version of the portal.
Keep in mind that although preview features are enticing to use because they offer new functionality, you may encounter bugs or other issues with them. You should not use preview features for your production workloads.
Once the preview feature is sufficiently tested internally by Microsoft and all the important feedback from customers that's incorporated, the feature is released as part of Ashes product offerings.
This is referred to as general availability or G A. For the feature,
you can read the G announcements on Azure Update page.
The same information is also available via the What's New link within the azure portal