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In April, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of longer volume and snapshot IDs for EBS and Storage Gateway. Starting today, June 29, 2016, all newly created AWS accounts will use longer volume and snapshot IDs by default in all regions except China (Beijing) and AWS GovCloud (US). If you have not yet tested your systems for compatibility with longer volume and snapshot IDs, you still have the option to request the shorter ID format if necessary. For new AWS regions launching later in 2016, all accounts will default to longer EC2 and EBS IDs, with the option to opt out if needed. 

You can now use Amazon SNS to send SMS messages to phone numbers in 200+ countries. With the addition of the Worldwide SMS Delivery feature, Amazon SNS now offers a low cost, fully managed and highly scalable service that lets you deliver both transactional messages such as one-time passwords (OTP) and promotional messages such as marketing campaigns to your users across multiple destinations globally, over multiple channels such as text-messaging (SMS) mobile push, and email.

Amazon EFS provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. Amazon EFS is easy to use and offers a simple interface that allows you to create and configure file systems quickly and easily. With Amazon EFS, storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, so your applications have the storage they need, when they need it.

AWS is pleased to announce immediate availability of the new Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. Mumbai joins Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo as the sixth AWS Region in Asia and as the thirteenth worldwide, bringing the total number of AWS Availability Zones to 35 worldwide. 

Starting today, we are expanding Amazon WorkSpaces root volumes from 60GB to 80GB for all Amazon WorkSpaces bundles, at no additional cost to you. Larger volumes allow your users to install and run more applications and store more data, which means they can use their Amazon WorkSpace in more ways than before.

Today, the Amazon Fulfillment Technologies team is releasing the Amazon Bin Image Data Set, which is made up of over 1,000 images of bins inside an Amazon Fulfillment Center. Each image is accompanied by metadata describing the contents of the bin in the image. This is a limited release, and several hundred thousand images will be released this fall. Learn more about the data set on its Public Data Set landing page.

Customers can now more easily identify opportunities to optimize their AWS infrastructure with Trusted Advisor. With tagging support enabled, customers can filter Trusted Advisor reports using existing resource tags, and view best practice recommendations based on the context of their applications or workloads. AWS resources are often shared across multiple solutions, and tag-based views provide customers the ability to optimize based on the unique attributes of each workload. 

You can now use Amazon Cognito to let your users sign-in through identity providers that support Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) such as Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). You now have an additional option with SAML for adding sign-in to your mobile and web apps in addition to Cognito user pools, social identity providers such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google, Open ID Connect providers, and your own authentication system.