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Top Takeaways, Announcements, and Moments from Microsoft Ignite 2019

Microsoft Ignite 2019 has come to a close, but we’re recapping all the fun that was had with a round-up of the top takeaways, announcements, and moments at this year’s event in Orlando. 

This year’s attendees were lucky enough to experience first-hand new Microsoft feature announcements, compelling sessions, and inspiring keynote speakers. 

Top Announcements from Microsoft Ignite

  • Autonomous Systems – You can now design and manage autonomous systems across their lifecycle with a comprehensive portfolio of leading-edge technology that you can apply to your real business scenarios. 
  • Microsoft Endpoint ManagerProvides transformative, modern management and security that meets customers where they are and helps them move to the cloud.
  • Microsoft Flow Becomes ‘Power Automate’UI flows bring together the rich feature set of API-based digital process automation (DPA) that is available today, with RPA UI-based automation to create a truly end-to-end automation platform.
  • Power Platform CertificationIn addition to the existing fundamentals and role-based certification types, Microsoft has added a third certification type—specialty. Specialty certifications validate deep technical skills and the ability to manage industry solutions, including third-party solutions, on or with Microsoft platforms. 
  • Teams Announcements – At Ignite, Microsoft announced a variety of new capabilities in Teams to help customers in all industries work in new ways and better respond to the evolving needs of their business.
  • Project Cortex – A new service that uses AI to create a knowledge network that reasons over your organization’s data and automatically organizes it into shared topics like projects and customers. 
  • Teams for Virtual ConsultationHealthcare providers can now schedule and conduct B2C virtual consultations through Teams with new Virtual Consults capabilities, and new features like SMS Sign-In and Global Sign-Out make it quick and easy for Firstline workers to securely access Teams from their mobile devices.
  • Edge AnnouncementThe new Microsoft Edge is built on the Chromium engine, providing best-in-class compatibility with extensions and web sites, providing great support for the latest rendering capabilities, modern web applications, and powerful developer tools across all supported platforms.
  • Updates to Azure Product and Service Offerings – A host of exciting updates about Azure Arc, Azure Stack, Azure Quantam, and Azure Synapse.

Top Takeaways from Microsoft Ignite

  • The Microsoft community is stronger than ever:  Community Central proved to be a popular place for the Microsoft community to gather and connect at this year’s event.
  • The tech industry is truly investing in women in business:  Female power and investment was a huge focus during the 2019 event, with daily sessions regarding women in business and technology, and a successful lunch & learn panel event. In addition, Microsoft is keeping the investment going after the conference — for every Ignite conference evaluation submitted, they are donating $1 to Girls Who Code.

 

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  • Microsoft Azure and the future of cloud computing:  From the Community Central day dedicated to Azure topics to the community whiteboard wall which encouraged people to talk about what Azure means to them, there sure was a lot of buzz about the future of cloud computing.

Top Moments from Microsoft Ignite 2019

Attendees of Microsoft Ignite know how to get social! Here are a few of our favorite photos shared during the week through the #MSIgnite hashtag. 

 

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