Hi everyone,

Your weekly dose of 5 Highlights Thursday is here, a list of information and links that you may find helpful in your Azure journey. Feel free to forward this along to anyone who you think may enjoy such sharing.

1. Satya highlights AI transformation in India

While visiting India, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sat down for an interview with CNBC and discussed the AI transformation we’re living through. He said AI is “tangibly changing economic productivity.”

2. Security Update Release Summary February 2024

Our February mini-briefing video includes an overview of the release and then a discussion of a few items from today’s release.

3. Develop Your Copilot Skills (Part 1)

We are entering a new era of AI—one that is fundamentally changing how we relate to and benefit from technology. In this episode of the #AzureEnblementShow, Aaron and Natalie share some of the amazing—and FREE—training resources available to help you get the most out of #MicrosoftCopilot. In this first of three episodes, you’ll get an overview of Copilot, learn about Copilot for Microsoft 365, and get a look at some of the skilling resources for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. Be sure to stay tuned for episodes two and three, when we’ll dive a little deeper into the resources being offered for GitHub Co-Pilot and demo one of the learning paths that is available to you.

4. Microsoft unveils Face Check for secure identity verification

Check out Face Check, the latest addition to our Entra Verified ID digital identity platform. Face Check, powered by Azure AI, allows businesses to match a user’s selfie to their government ID or employee credentials, providing an extra layer of security for sensitive operations like password resets or help desk access #secruty #microsoftentraid


5. Azure Takeoff – Azure Availability Sets

Join Taswar Bhatti & Hatim Nagarwala to learn how to ensure high availability and reliability for your Azure VMs. Discover availability options like availability sets, zones, and proximity placement groups. See a demo of creating and configuring availability sets in Azure portal. Master best practices for your Azure VMs’ resilience journey.

You can complement this edition of 5 Highlights Thursday with our MEA Developer Channel on YouTube where we have weekly interviews and learning material on Microsoft Azure, and much more.

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