Microsoft Ignite 2016 Keynote: It’s All About Cloud, Analytics And Security

Microsoft Ignite 2016 has begun in Atlanta over in the US and the keynote was held earlier today. As the countdown reached zero, Microsoft general manager for cloud platorm Julia White entered to redefine IT as innovation and transformation before introducing Scott Guthrie, Executive VP of Microsoft . With a focus on how new technology enables digital transformation, he described how a number of global companies have transitioned to Microsoft cloud services. Read on to find out more.

Tommy Carron will be reporting on all things Microsoft and enterprise IT at Microsoft Ignite Atlanta 2016. Read his first post here.

“People that can and will make this transformation are each and every one of you,” White said, referring to attendees wearing their productivity ninja MS Ignite tees.

Azure is the only global cloud provider that is licensed to operate in China and that Operations Management Suite is now integrated within the Azure portal. The highly anticipated general availability of Windows Server 2016 was announced alongside the welcome news that access to the commercial Docker engine is inclusive at no additional charge.

Availability of the second technical preview of Azure Stack was briefly mentioned. New features introduce new services like Azure Key Vault and Azure Queue storage.

Converting digital ink to intelligence is a new Office feature planned to ship within 12 months. In this demonstration OneNote transposed and then solved a handwritten math formula – something that will be very appealing to engineers. Cortana can now also search content within OneDrive as well as the web.

Delve Analytics is now rebranded as MyAnalytics, providing users with powerful data on how they work and spend their time. Its dashboard can show how many recipients have read the e-mail you sent or how many minutes in meeting you spend multitasking. It was revealed how Surface Hubs can further facilitate meeting productivity by bringing people together more effectively.

Yusuf Mehdi from the Windows and Device Group explained how security improvements leverage the intelligence security graph. This brings together telemetry from devices, communication services and services such as Office 365, XBox Live and Bing into Microsoft’s Cyber Defence Centre.

Defender Application Guard was a highlight of the keynote that will become available to Windows Insiders within months. It is expected to be released next year providing additional security when using Microsoft’s Edge browser. Anne Johnson from the Cyber Security Group demonstrated the difference in user experience between an unprotected and Edge protected browser when attacked. It is powered uses isolated containers to prevent malicious code from moving across employee devices and the network.

Next I’ll be attending the Power IT transformation with Office 365 main session to see demos that bring together experiences across mobility, collaboration and intelligence. With over 1400 sessions it’ll be impossible to experience even a small fraction of the experiences at Ignite. It’s going to be an exciting week and I’ll catch you back here soon!

IT Pro will be reporting on all things Microsoft and enterprise IT at Ignite Atlanta 2016.

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