A tool for video analytics, a speaker recognition service and a way to anchor objects for mixed reality are among the Microsoft Azure products in preview or planned for general availability soon for regions in the United States.
Azure Video Analyzer, Azure Cognitive Search Speaker Recognition and Azure Object Anchors are just some of the coolest tools listed in limited access for users of the cloud service, according to Microsoft.
AWS Vs. Azure Vs. Google Cloud: 5 Cloud Spending Trends
Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is gaining ground on Amazon Web Services, widely regarded as Microsoft’s chief rival in cloud computing, according to Flexera’s 2022 State of the Cloud report.
AWS, Microsoft and No. 3 cloud services vendor Google each spend billions annually on building and equipping new data centers to meet the skyrocketing demand for their cloud services. IT research firm Gartner predicts that public cloud services revenue will increase 22 percent globally in 2022 year over year, due to broad acceleration of cloud adoption.
About 18 percent of enterprises spend $12 million or more annually on AWS. By comparison, 15 percent spend $12 million or more annually on Azure. Approximately 7 percent of enterprises reported spending $12 million or more annually on Google Cloud Platform, according to Flexera.
During Microsoft’s latest quarterly earnings, the company reported that the intelligent cloud segment of its business reached $18.3 billion for the quarter, up 26 percent year over year. Server products and cloud services revenue increased 29 percent. Azure and other cloud services revenue grew 46 percent.
Giving some highlights in the Azure suite, CEO Satya Nadella said that hybrid cloud tool Azure Arc saw its customer base triple year over year. And Azure Cognitive Services saw more than 30 million hours of speech transcribed last quarter, about doubled the amount year over year.
The following are upcoming Azure releases planned for U.S. regions and non-regional deployment.