First of all, Happy New Year! As usual, here you have the latest innovations all around Microsoft Azure. December was not as busy as other months, but still plenty of interesting stuff such as the new Lv2 VMs, lots of innovation around containers including the Open Service Broker and exciting new features in HDInsight. Enjoy reading! Please go to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/topics/announcements/ for an updated list of Azure anouncements.