16th Aug 2019

What we learnt at Microsoft Inspire 2019

Infinity Group attended Microsoft Inspire in July 2019. Inspire is the worldwide annual partner conference held by Microsoft in Las Vegas, USA. We had a busy week attending a range of eye-opening sessions with 30,000 other partners exploring what’s in store for the next year from Microsoft, covering all technologies including security, Microsoft Azure, Teams and Artificial Intelligence.

Security focus

A key focus of the entire conference, Microsoft are making even more investments in their security; driving home the new Microsoft Security Competency for partners.

Introducing Azure Lighthouse

Microsoft Azure Lighthouse has the ability to reduce manual operational tasks and scale customer management by using cross-customer management features. Engagement processes are simplified, such as on-boarding, through automated workflows.

Access your customer’s resources seamlessly and accelerate on-boarding through new partner offers. Manage across customer resources within all Azure services. And reach customers through the Azure Marketplace, Azure APIs, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager—all under whatever licensing channels your customers choose.

Microsoft Teams

Another key focus of Microsoft Inspire was Microsoft Teams, the workplace Cloud-based collaboration tool. Microsoft Teams has reached 13 million active daily users and 19 million weekly users in just two years after its initial launch alongside Microsoft 365.

Microsoft also announced that Teams will now feature cross-channel posting, announcements and priority notifications as well as the addition of moderators to manage channel posting.

Artificial Intelligence and Hololens 2

Microsoft also launched the AI Accelerate program which is a new initiative that helps Microsoft partners build and deploy AI solutions to their customers. With Artificial Intelligence and Microsoft’s Azure AI capabilities, AI is being made real for businesses across the Cloud and on the edge.

Knowledge Mining helps organisations uncover insights from all their content – documents, images and media – using Azure Search, the only cloud search service with built-in AI capabilities while Azure Machine Learning is making it quick and easy to build, train, and deploy machine learning models. AI apps and agents services provide partners and customers access to customisable AI model offerings like Azure Cognitive Services and Bot Service.

A major announcement at Microsoft Inspire 2019 was the HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality headset which showcased Microsoft’s latest advancements in Artificial Intelligence as well as mixed reality hologram technology. The keynote, held by Microsoft Executive Julia White, unveiled an exciting new project that uses a combination of body and voice capture that uses Azure AI and HoloLens 2 technology to convert a human presenter into a 3D hologram capable of any size that is also capable of delivering a presentation in any language.

Infinity Group are Microsoft Gold Partners, specialising in Microsoft solutions and IT Security experts. If you are interested in implementing Microsoft technologies within your organisation, please get in touch.

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