Microsoft Ignite has come to an end for another year! The event was hybrid this time, with both in-person and virtual sessions. Let’s take a glimpse at some of Microsoft’s biggest cloud announcements this year.
In this biggest event, Microsoft announced product roadmaps and technological breakthroughs. It’s essentially the Tech Giant’s Sundance Festival: everyone congregates, eagerly anticipating this year’s blockbuster news and updates. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s Chairman and CEO since 2014, opened Microsoft Ignite 2022 with his keynote address, as is customary. He discussed how our world has changed and how it is now time to “do more with less with Microsoft Cloud.”
According to Microsoft, doing more with less does not imply working harder or longer. It entails leveraging technology to expand what we can do as Microsoft partners and what organizations can do in the face of today’s real-world constraints. So that the time, complexity, and cost all can be reduced. And effectiveness, productivity, and profitability can all be enhanced.
Let’s begin with the CEO Satya Nadella’s keynotes for the entire session, then dive into key imperatives, and finish with diverse innovations in Microsoft cloud following the industrial metaverse by Microsoft.
Five Key Digital imperatives by Microsoft
The Microsoft CEO highlighted the key Digital Imperatives, which describe how the Microsoft Cloud will assist organizations with its package of reliable and end-to-end applications: Infrastructure, Security, Business Applications, Modern Work, Data and AI, and Digital and App Innovation. Then he outlined the slogan that was also used throughout the Ignite sessions, “Do more with less with Microsoft Cloud”.
Let’s dive deeper into the explanations of these digital imperatives by Microsoft.
Be data-driven and optimize with azure
He illustrated how Microsoft is the computer of the world! Over 60 data centers worldwide serve organizations and aim to expedite our own innovations. Microsoft Azure, according to Nadella, is the only cloud that supports all organizations and workloads, from enterprises to startups to highly regulated sectors. Microsoft truly believes in “delivering Azure’s power everywhere.”
He demonstrated Azure Arc, which extends Azure to help developers build applications that run on-premises, in the Edge, and across multiple clouds.
Satya discussed Microsoft’s new Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). Because of their high operational speed, these new-generation virtual machines are more cost-effective and power-efficient than their predecessors.
Businesses can utilize Azure Applied AI and Cognitive Services to integrate AI quickly and easily into commercial apps.
Developers can rapidly deploy intelligent applications using the pre-built and configurable models offered by Azure Applied AI Services and Azure Cognitive Services. While there was a general increase in AI use during the pandemic, several use cases—such as document processing for H&R Block, knowledge mining for Beiersdorf, and natural language understanding in sales and support scenarios for Progressive Insurance—were dramatically expedited. These businesses use Azure AI services to streamline mission-critical procedures so that users and staff may concentrate their time and effort on essential activities.
Deliver efficiency with automation and AI
Satya discussed the significance of AI, stating that when it comes to “doing more with less,” AI is the ultimate amplifier. It can transform the appearance of an application, the design language, how applications are built, and how IT is delivered.”
Organizations can automate many of their internal and external processes while providing more value to their customers by leveraging the abundance of data gathered in this modern age.
Satya discussed how AI is a tool that anyone can use and is not limited to technology experts. Automation and AI can be used and benefited by anyone in the organization. By utilizing AI capabilities to accomplish more with less.
With Azure, now you can embrace AI for your business whether on the cloud or on the edge. You can have all the following capabilities with the most advanced AI technology of Azure.
- Machine learning
- Knowledge mining
- Conversational AI
- Document process automation
- Machine translation
- Speech transcription
Innovate with a cloud developer platform
Satya and Altman discussed Microsoft’s collaboration with OpenAI, an AI research and deployment firm, to develop exceptional AI capabilities. One of the projects resulted in OpenAI Codex, which can translate simple language into code. By posing a simple problem to Codex, it will solve it and explain its solution so you can follow along.
With this innovation, anyone could “speak” code as if it were their first language and program solutions without writing a single line of code.
Microsoft uses Codex in GitHub Copilot to suggest code and entire functions in real-time, allowing developers to code more quickly. We’re used to editors prompting us for coding assistance as we build code sections, but Codex is much more. It uses context from the code you’re working on to complete the lines and recommends entire functions for you.
Copilot is currently writing 40% of the code for its users, and developers can code 55% faster, reflecting this year’s theme, do more with less.
AI and automation combined with Power Automate
AI and automation are essential components for driving efficiency in enterprises and ensuring digital survival. For instance, Komatsu Australia, a major producer of industrial equipment, automated over 1,000 invoices annually and saw a 300-hour increase in productivity—and that was just for one supplier—by using Power Automate and AI Builder. Additionally, these features raise staff engagement. Adopting no-code or low-code platforms or apps has been proven to have an 83 percent positive impact on work satisfaction among individuals surveyed in a recent Microsoft study. Everyone benefits when people are freed from boring, pointless duties and feel empowered to give their best work.
Microsoft teams is integrating AI and automation across the Microsoft Cloud, from Viva Sales to Power Platform and Azure AI, because they think everyone should have access to these transformative technologies. This enables clients to build on a safe, flexible, and integrated basis within the Microsoft Cloud while utilizing their knowledge and abilities and confidently combining platforms as required.
Re-energize your workforce with Microsoft 365
Nadella discussed Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Viva and how these three products work together to create the Digital Workspace needed by the needs of the modern employee.
He announced, “Cisco is now a certified Microsoft Teams device partner coming in early 2023”.
The traditional and comprehensive cloud-first experience offered by Microsoft 365 solutions improves productivity for the modern, distributed, and digitally connected worker. The Microsoft 365 app is replacing the Office 365 app and getting a redesign. Along with the familiar ones, it will also feature some brand-new ones like Designer, Loop, and Clipchamp.
With Microsoft Teams, businesses can handle the four areas of communication that are essential: sync, async, in-person, and distant collaboration. Over the past year, Microsoft has unveiled over 450 features, and during Ignite, they will be revealing some new ones, such as the new Teams Premium.
Regarding Microsoft Teams, Satya recently said that the Private preview of Mesh avatars would be available worldwide soon. The camera-shy or camera-burnt! You can participate in meetings using avatars with the help of this function. Satya also discussed the Metaverse and how it may be used in the business world.
Microsoft is always eager to give staff members and businesses the resources they need to transform hybrid workplaces into places where everyone is valued and has a role. Microsoft Places is an excellent illustration of this trend toward enhancing hybrid workplace culture.
A new cloud computing paradigm created for the era of the distributed worker is included in Windows 11 and Windows 365.
With Windows 11, we completely revamped the operating system to support hybrid work, from the client to the cloud. A new cloud computing paradigm called Windows 365 was created for the era of the distributed workforce.
Utilizing the new Windows 365 app, you can stream the whole Windows experience—all of your programs, settings, and content—to any device after simply connecting to your cloud PC from the Windows 11 taskbar or start menu. Additionally, we disclosed that clients of Government Community Cloud and Government Community Cloud High in the US could now purchase Windows 365 Government. Further, soon, businesses will be able to provide Windows 365 Cloud PCs to part-time and shift workers who only need a Cloud PC for a brief time during their working day.
Protect everything, everyone, everywhere
The more agile the workforce, the more devices are connected to the same network, which may provide more security weaknesses. Fortunately, Microsoft’s dedication to security is unquestionable.
Microsoft Purview for compliance and data governance, Microsoft Entra for vision and portfolio for identity and access, and Microsoft Priva to help manage privacy were all announced by Nadella. You may strengthen your security team by including Microsoft Intune, Defender, and Sentinel. Not to mention that this integrated security suite helped clients save more than 60% against any security threats in comparison to multi-vendor solutions.
To ensure that your project life cycle is as secure as your ideas and to synchronize DevOps security management across many environments, Satya also unveiled Defender for DevOps.
There is much more to Microsoft Ignite 2022 than just one keynote, and there is much more for us to analyze and learn about. He added that he empowers us to achieve more with less and that these upgrades are our building blocks to produce new outcomes for tomorrow’s workplace.
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