Private and Public Preview Features

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