From November 2 to 4, Microsoft Ignite took place: the annual Microsoft convention for developers and IT professionals. Microsoft Ignite is now held twice a year in a virtual/digital format with the most recent edition traditionally being the actual conference. Cloud consultant Tim ter Haar explains in this blog post more information about the new functionalities of Microsoft 365 and Defender, his colleague Gino van Essen talks about the innovations in the field of the cloud workplace, Windows Server and Azure.
Every year, Ignite spotlights the developments that are relevant to Microsoft’s partner network, and big announcements are pretty much expected. We’re excited to give you a summary of the most notable innovations here.
One of the most important tools to enable hybrid working, Microsoft Teams was a prime candidate for some new features, which Microsoft has been churning out at a very fast pace. Here are some of the most interesting ones:
Check out the Microsoft blog to discover everything that’s new in Teams. We are particularly excited about raised hands, the virtual green room, chat with self, and the new Q&A options.
OK, you may be wondering why we mention a separate update about PowerPoint, but there’s two things we have to get out: One is Recording Studio, and the other is Cameo. Instead of just moving through a deck of slides, the latter allows you to embed a Teams camera stream into your PowerPoint presentation. You can make your camera feed appear anywhere on the slide or take layout recommendations for an optimal viewer experience.
A new Office application introduced today, Microsoft Loop takes the company’s vision of a Fluid Framework one step further, enabling people to collaborate on content such as tables or graphs in sync and across different Office applications. For instance, if you create a table in Outlook, this is instantly updated when someone else plugs it into a Word document and adds information there. So far, we’ve only seen this trialled in Office Online.
Microsoft has announced that they will share more on Loop in the coming months. For now, we can expect to see Loop components available in Teams, Outlook, OneNote and other Microsoft 365 applications later this month.
Of course, Ignite was also the platform to announce a plethora of security updates. Microsoft very obviously takes security very seriously across the board, promising to invest 20 billion dollars (around 17 billion euros) in global security R&D over the next five years.
Defender has been in Microsoft’s security lineup for a good while now. Now the company is adding a product specifically tailored to SMEs with up to 300 users, called Microsoft Defender for Business.
AVD is a cloud-based workspace giving employees access to digital desktops and applications from anywhere and on any device. Microsoft has now introduced a number of new features and updates designed to simplify secure deployment, management and expansion of the cloud workspace.
Find out more on Azure Virtual Desktop.
Windows Server 2022 has been available for use since August 2021. Windows Server 2022 Azure Edition for Azure Public and Azure Stack HCI is now getting an update to unlock new capabilities such as Automanage.
Automanage adds new functionality such as hybrid networking capabilities, hotfixing without reboot, and secure access to file servers. Automanage profiles mean best practices are always applied and ARC support is enabled.
Find out more on Windows Server 2022 Datacenter.
The virtual machines selector makes it easy to identify the right VM with simple questionnaires that guide you along the way and help you find the ideal type of VM and storage based on your workload, OS and software, or deployment region.
Ignite introduced the next generation of virtual machines. The new Dv5 and Ev5 Azure VMs are available with a choice of Intel and AMD processors Microsoft recommends customers switch to these new VM types as they offer a better price performance ratio compared to previous versions by up to 15%.
Find out more on the new Azure virtual machines.
WAC is Microsoft’s web-based solution for hybrid management, monitoring and configuration of your Windows server environment on premise, on Azure Stack HCI, or Azure Public. The latest version, v2110, is available for download and supports Windows 11, Server 2022, as well as the new version of Azure Stack HCI 21H2.
The most important features and updates include:
Find out more on Windows Admin Center Version 2110.
The new 21H2 feature update is now available! Last week we were able to take it for a spin in our demo environment and we are truly excited about the things it has to offer. It’s Microsoft’s declared goal to bring the all the most popular public-cloud capabilities to this on-prem HCI for the best hybrid experience. Here are the top announcements:
Find out more about Azure Stack HCI.
Azure ARC enables the centralised management of hybrid and multi-cloud services, providing extensive management and Azure capabilities outside the Azure Public environment.
Microsoft also announced that it will be possible to establish a connection with VMware Vsphere,
meaning you not only have transparency into your local Vsphere environments and the ability to create VMs from the central Azure Public portal, but you can even start, stop and modify VMs, too, such as add a disk or network card. This is ideal for developers and application managers.
For a detailed overview of the various scenarios that are possible with Azure ARC, take a look at Azure Arc Jumpstart.
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