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Keep up to date with Azure changes using PowerShell

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Keeping up with what is happening with changes and previews in Microsoft Azure is difficult, change happens all the time - and being able to stay informed on what is happening with the Azure ecosystem is half the battle, whether it is a new feature or security fix.

Microsoft publishes the latest updates on Azure Products and features to their Azure Updates blog:

So you can browse the website each week, or... monitor the RSS feeds. Sometimes this isn't enough, you may want to do something with this information such as:

  • Create Alerts or Notifications to specific teams who may work with Azure SQL, or Azure Automation and not care about any other product.
  • Not have to go to the website to keep up-to-date with what is happening, maybe your happy with it popping up in your PowerShell session each time you open it.
  • Publish the information to Microsoft Teams channels to keep people informed.

I have created a basic PowerShell function, that will retrieve the latest updates from the Microsoft Azure Updates RSS Feed and turn it into a PowerShell object you can actually use to keep informed.

The Script - Get-AzureBlogUpdates

The script is hosted on my Github repository. Feel free to clone/recommend improvements or fork, I can add parameter sets instead of relying on the PowerShell methods listed in the examples section - if you find this script useful:


function Get-AzureBlogUpdates {
Retrieves the latest Updates of Azure, from the Azure Blog RSS feed.
Retrieves the latest Updates of Azure, from the Azure Blog RSS feed.
Version: 1.0
Author: Luke Murray (Luke.Geek.NZ)
Creation Date: 03.04.21
03.04.21 - Intital script development

#Retrieving RSS Feed Content - as XML, then converting into PSObject
$xml = [xml](Invoke-WebRequest -Uri '').content
$Array = @()
foreach ($y in $'//item'))
$PSObject = New-Object -TypeName PSObject
$Date = [datetime]$y.pubdate
$PSObject | Add-Member NoteProperty 'Title' $y.title
$PSObject | Add-Member NoteProperty 'Date' $Date
$PSObject | Add-Member NoteProperty 'Category' $y.category
$PSObject | Add-Member NoteProperty 'Description' $y.content.InnerText
$PSObject | Add-Member NoteProperty 'Link' $

$Array += $PSObject
#Some article had multiple categories, to make it easier for reporting, joined the categories together and got rid of duplicates.

$results = @()
ForEach ($item in $Array) {
$Category = Foreach ($title in $item.Title)
$results += [pscustomobject]@{
'Title' = $item.Title
'Category' = $item.Category -join ',' | Select-Object -Unique
'Published Date' = $item.Date
'Description' = $item.Description
'Link' = $item.Link


#Runs the actual Function:


#EXAMPLE - Gets Azure Blog Updates, that have been published in the last 7 days.
$PublishedIntheLastDays = (Get-Date).AddDays(-7)
Get-AzureBlogUpdates | Where-Object 'Published Date' -GT $PublishedIntheLastDays


#EXAMPLE - Gets all Azure Blog Updates, and displays it as a Table, organised by Category
Get-AzureBlogUpdates | Sort-Object Category -Descending | Format-Table


#EXAMPLE -Gets the latest 10 Azure Blog Articles
Get-AzureBlogUpdates | Select -Last 10

Get-AzureBlogUpdates - Select Last 10 Articles

#EXAMPLE - Gets the Azure Blog Update articles, where the title has Automation in it.
Get-AzureBlogUpdates | Where-Object Title -match 'Automation'

Get-AzureBlogUpdates - Title matches Automation