Azure enhancements released are huge and touching multiple services like Premium Storage, RemoteApp, Database etc… I am impressed with SQL Database enhancements!
* Performance: Significant improvement to performance compare to existing offerings, support for In-memory columnstore queries.
* Large Database Management: Supports Heady databases with parallel queries, table partitioning, online indexing etc
* More Programming capabilities: Windows functions, XML Index, etc
* Compatibility: delivers near-complete SQL Server 2014 engine
Reference: https://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/azure-premium-storage-remoteapp-sql-database-update-live-media-streaming-search-and-more -> SQL Databases: Now with SQL 2014 Features and Compatibility