During its Ignite 2020 conference, which kicked off virtually this morning, Microsoft announced updates to and aimed at streamlining business processes during the coronavirus pandemic. The company also launched two features in Azure Cognitive Search — Private Endpoints and Managed Identities — plus enhancements to Bot Framework Composer and the broader Azure Bot Service.
Private Endpoints in Cognitive Search, which is generally available as of today, allow a client on a virtual network to access data in an index over a private link. (Private links are provided via Azure Private Link, a paid service.) The private endpoint uses an IP address from the network for the search service. Network traffic between the client and search service traverses over the network and private link,