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5 Key Takeaways from Microsoft Ignite 2017

Oct 03, 2017 Parth Patel

Let’s get you up to speed with the 5 key takeaways from Microsoft Ignite

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Let’s get you up to speed with the 5 key takeaways from Microsoft Ignite - Microsoft’s largest IT Conference in Orlando, Florida this year.

Modern Workplace

Microsoft has heralded the age of Digital Transformation by building a Modern workplace which starts with empowering everyone in an organization to be more creative and collaborative, and ultimately apply technology to help shape the culture of work. More importantly, it will also work to secure your organization’s digital estate. 

Microsoft also announced its vision of gradually replacing Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams for workplace communications in Office 365. Microsoft Teams is now getting new calling features such as call transfer, voicemail and calling to and from external phone numbers. Meanwhile, Skype will have enhanced infrastructure for improved quality of voice and video communications. 

Mixed Reality & AI

Another important highlight of Satya Nadella's keynote was an upcoming mixed reality hardware and software, where he talked about Microsoft's mission to use "technology to empower people" and AI to transform tools and applications.

References were made of Ford where they have replaced 5,000-pound clay models of cars with virtual versions and demonstrated how engineers and designers use Microsoft's mixed reality HoloLens headset can work on designing and developing more futuristic and technologically advanced Cars.

The first phase of integration between the LinkedIn graph and the Microsoft graph was also announced. The rich platform and rich data graph will enable the start of building AI-first applications.

Microsoft announced more AI tools for developers and data scientists; building a Visual Studio-like tool suite for machine learning called Open Mind Studio.


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