Three Biggest Takeaways of Microsoft Ignite 2019. Microsoft’s events have become a pivotal attention-grabber for businesses, hardcore tech nerds and more. The next Microsoft Ignite conference is scheduled for February 2020, and with a lot of new and unexpected news likely to come our way then, it makes sense for us to recap some of the biggest things that came out of 2019’s Ignite.
One of the biggest updates is that Microsoft is planning a brand-new direction for their virtual assistant, Cortana. Realizing that Cortana isn’t competing well against alternatives like Siri and Google Assistant, Microsoft is instead leaning towards strengthening Cortana’s integration with their Microsoft 365 productivity applications, to grant more convenience to their business users.
With the next Ignite event scheduled for early 2020, it’s possible that we’ll hear even more news about the underdog virtual assistant then. But for now, we’ll have to settle for the knowledge that executives and other professional power users who’ve grown accustomed to the application can still get to use Cortana in some ways, many of them brand new.
Microsoft Ignite 2019 also saw huge news in terms of the future of storage technology, with their recent breakthrough in Project Silica. Microsoft, in partnership with Warner Bros., successfully encoded an entire feature length movie onto a piece of glass no bigger than a drink coaster. This might not sound like a huge step for storage, but it is. The fact that their technology can potentially save 100 layers of data on a sheet of glass only two millimeters thick means that, when perfected and made more accessible, we can save terabytes of data on disks that don’t even stack taller than your average drinking glass.
Plus, the glass and everything saved on it will be much more durable than our current saving technology, and without the same pitfalls such as losing data by being demagnetized. It means that we can potentially save important data for longer, too. This isn’t just an important breakthrough for companies that want to protect important data for the lifetime of their work, but for libraries and even government services. The future of archiving could take up half the space, and last twice as long.
For professionals and businesses, though, perhaps the biggest news is Microsoft’s answer to Google Anthos – Azure Arc. With it, they plan to give users access to all of their cloud services through single interface. According to Azure Corporate VP Julia White, Azure Arc “unlocks new hybrid scenarios for customers by bringing Azure services and management to any infrastructure.” Right now, they’ve already made a preview available that lets users manage Windows and Linux servers from any infrastructure, which itself is a sign of limitless possibility to control any data center, from anywhere, and also shows that it can be quicker and easier than ever before without compromising security.
No matter who you are or what kind of business you’re into, there’s something at Ignite that has the potential to revolutionize the way you work. These three big reveals from 2019 are an example of that, and a sign of potentially even more interesting breakthroughs coming in 2020. Especially where Azure is concerned, we can help answer more questions and let you know the possibilities for you and your work. And f you’d like to see what else the future holds, look out for Ignite 2020.
At the end of the day, Microsoft Ignite 2019 was yet another great event that brought tremendous value to its attendees. The three biggest takeaways are the next-generation hybrid cloud solutions with persistent memory, new AI-powered services and tools for developers, and Azure Sphere OS.
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