Microsoft has spent last week residing in the glorious city of Orlando in Florida, hosting Ignite 2018.
The Technology titans selected the theme park capital of the world to host Ignite, one of the biggest events in the Microsoft Calendar. Ignite is for the tech community to come together and see what Microsoft has in store for its solutions and hardware platforms.
I’ve spent the last week keeping up to date with all things Ignite and in keeping with the name, Microsoft have created a spark amongst its users.
Microsoft have announced an avalanche of new product features, updates and improvements over the last 5 days, with Teams taking a healthy share of the limelight. Here are just some of the highlights of Ignite 2018
Since its launch in 2016, Microsoft Teams has quickly become the face of communication in Office 365. It was announced at Ignite that Teams is the fastest growing application ever released by Microsoft. More than 329,000 organizations worldwide use Microsoft Teams, including 87 of the Fortune 100 companies. Over 60 customers now have more than 10,000 users of Teams, with Accenture boasting over 100,000 users. Incredible numbers for what can still be considered an infant in the tech communications landscape. “Terrible Twos” certainly doesn’t apply in the Microsoft household…
Teams will also be able to host live and On-Demand recording sessions. Teams records meeting sessions which can be listened to by invitees at a later stage. They can also pull up an automated transcript of the discussion to quickly search for keywords or context.
Microsoft have also announced that the Teams functionality will now extend to all areas of an organisation’s workforce. This allows for Teams to be used by anyone, with experiences tailored for specific areas of a business. Whether in the office at a desk or out on-site as an engineer, Teams will provide all the necessary functions to suit how you work.
LinkedIn is in line for some refurbs and will offer an even deeper working experience with Office 365. You will be able to create documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint with your LinkedIn connections, as well as send emails directly within Outlook. This will bring users from your corporate directories and those from your social LinkedIn networks together, so you can work and communicate with every level of your working life.
You will also have meeting invites integrated within Outlook, so you get visibility of meetings and events that you and your LinkedIn connections share in the calendar. This feature will provide Outlook users with more readily available information about other attendees, so you can prepare for important meetings more quickly and easily.
Microsoft Authenticator application is now coming to Azure AD-connected apps. It will eliminate the need for users to sign-in using a password and replace it with a multi-factor authentication process. The multi-factor authentication is a more secure process which combines the phone, fingerprint, face and PIN.
Microsoft revealed that multi-factor sign-in method can reduce compromises by up to 99.9%.
Microsoft Secure Score, the enterprise-grade dynamic report card for cybersecurity, is coming to Microsoft 365. The Secure Score enables organizations to get assessments and recommendations for reducing the chances of data breach by up to 30 times.
All this content as well as much more announced over the last week really makes you wonder the amount of work that goes into creating new experiences across the Microsoft solution stack. It’s incredible to see and just goes to show Microsoft still at the top of their game. No stop in progression or lack of desire to create. That’s Microsoft in a nutshell.