During the first week of November, we kicked off the Microsoft Ignite 2019 technology week (for the 3rd year in a row) in Orlando, Florida – the US’s Sunshine State. In this first blog post of the ‘Xylos at Microsoft Ignite 2019’ series, we’ll provide you with a brief summary of all the headlines during the keynote of Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. Let’s get started!
Just like every year, customers and partners travelled to this IT Pro conference with high expectations about technological evolutions, new and exciting Microsoft solutions, and Microsoft’s ecosystem partners.
Over the years, it’s become a tradition for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to deliver the Monday morning keynote, and once again, it was outstanding. Satya’s keynote was thrilling and it gave Ignite 2019 a blistering start! To get the keynote started, Satya referred to his famous mathematical formula about Tech Intensity:
The first topic Satya discussed was the Intelligent Cloud, which is completely built on modern Azure data centre infrastructure, and he announced the exciting news that Microsoft is piloting a completely new data centre infrastructure that runs on 100% renewable energy and doesn’t waste operations. This pilot/PoC is currently running in Sweden, but Microsoft plans to roll out this concept in all Azure regions soon.
He also had a lot of news on Intelligent Edge; first of all, there will be several new HW products to enable Edge Computing. Microsoft showed off large and small products, some of which were specifically packed in shock-proof boxes for on-site deployments in any type of remote location. All of these were validated for the Azure Stack Infrastructure ecosystem.
In order to democratise AI, Microsoft focuses on several areas:
In the development area, there’s a continuous evolution with great products that promote inclusion and teamwork. Coding an application is no longer a job for a single person, but needs a (virtual) team to work together and find the most effective solution.
With Visual Studio Online, Visual Studio Intellicode, Visual Studio Liveshare, GitHub and more, Microsoft delivers the ultimate toolset to this group of developers, giving them access to the complete toolset to write code and providing everything they need to collaborate on their code and project.
It’s expected that over 500 million new apps will be available by 2023, which comes down to the same amount as the total amount of apps produced in the last 40 years.
Microsoft is also devoted to facilitating ‘Citizen Developers’ with easy-to-use development experiences like Flow and PowerApps.
Cyber attacks have cost organizations an astonishing 1 trillion US dollars in 2018, which definitely makes security a focus area for many customers.
“Before a security breach, it’s sometimes difficult to allocate the right amount of budget to get all the necessary security mechanisms in place. In practice, we see that this changes when an organisation suffers a real security breach – at that moment, it sometimes seems like the security budget suddenly becomes unlimited.”
To close the security cycle, Microsoft is investing in building a complete end-to-end architecture. The newly-announced Microsoft Endpoint Manager combines several existing products into one single solution. And of course, there’s Azure Sentinel. This innovation, which was already announced some months ago, will provide you with intelligent security analytics that apply to your entire enterprise.
Two new great products will be available in the Power Platform:
Two new features for Dynamics 365 were also announced: Customer Data Platform and Customer Insights.
The goal of these new solutions is to correlate all your business data, including:
Microsoft 365 is now officially marketed as the World’s Productivity Cloud.
Recent studies have revealed that multitasking between different applications noticeably impacts our efficiency, because it takes an average of 25 minutes to regain focus. This decreases our productivity with as much as 40%.
Important parts of Microsoft 365 are the focus on Device Innovations (Surface portfolio), Infused AI (Search, Cortana, Live Captions, …) and Microsoft Teams as a single UI experience for the productivity platform.
The following are the top 12 new innovations that will become available in Microsoft 365:
After this, there was an extra surprise novelty: the new range of mobile devices with Surface Neo and Surface Duo, which will be available in the holiday period of 2020.
Finally, a real customer case of Saint Luke’s Hospital provided us with a demonstration of the new Virtual Consults functionality in Microsoft Teams. This functionality will definitely open many possibilities for remote hospitality in healthcare and other sectors or industries.
The discussion about the future of the Web started with online safety and providing the ability for real private browsing. Apart from this topic, the logical everyday questions popped up:
These questions led to the announcement of the new Edge browser and Bing search engine. The new Edge browser is based on a Chromium browser (like Google Chrome) and will be available independent of your OS (e.g. Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, …). A personalized Home Search Screen will immediately provide you with personal information (such as the information available in Office 365 Delve today). When visiting a website that needs a legacy browser, the new Edge will open up an Internet Explorer window that’s directly embedded in the new Edge browser, so you no longer need to switch windows between Edge and Internet Explorer.
A new functionality called Collections will help you harness knowledge from the Web and infuse it in your everyday workspace.
And the new Microsoft Bing experience will make it possible to blend your search in the local Intranet together with the public Internet. It even goes one step further with additional search connectors for other business applications, such as SAP, Box, Salesforce and ServiceNow.
To conclude, Satya mentioned that Tech Intensity is really about “empowering every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more”, which is the mission statement of the new Microsoft.
As you’ve probably noticed, there was a lot of exciting news during the Microsoft Ignite 2019 keynote – and luckily for all of us, Microsoft already did the heavy lifting by bundling the news and all reference links to more detailed information in the wonderful ‘Microsoft Ignite 2019 Book of News’.
Be sure to read the next posts in this blog series, where we’ll give you fascinating deep-dive details about specific solutions such as Microsoft Teams and Project Cortex.
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