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Top 10 Announcements from Microsoft Ignite Day 1 #MSignite



While Microsoft had some out of this world updates including the Underwater Datacenter project data released.  The project was a success with only 1/8th the issues of the equivalent land based datacenter.  Many reasons why this project will continue from a sustainability and reliability perspective.   The outerspace update took the events to even further heights.  Azure Orbital allows you to control your satellite and analyze the data coming from the satellite.  Azure analytics and data storage was rebuilt from the ground up cloud first to support real-time analysis of Petabytes of data.  NASA and Lockheed are using Azure Mixed Reality build the latest space craft with near flawless precision.

  1. Microsoft Teams had so many announcements! New calling features (including walkie talkie mode), way more interactivity in meetings, new meeting room experiences including, updates to power platform in teams, virtual healthcare electronic health record
  2. Project Cortex is now SharePoint Syntex. Advanced AI for content management.  It will be available for purchase from corporations on October 1.
  3. Power Automate Desktop delivers RPA (Robotic Process Automation) for users.
  4. Power BI Update for the Teams App. A significant enhancement for access to data insights.
  5. Hololens 2 ships. Azure Mixed Reality services includes object anchors, new Azure Kinect SDK for partners including Time of Flight depth technology.
  6. Power Platform low code and professional developer integration with Github and Azure. New D365 Supply chain management tool with real-time inventory, voice channel and project operations.
  7. Updates to Microsoft Lists including enhancements to SharePoint storage and native fluid framework. Stream video sharing integrated with new intelligent storage in SharePoint. SharePoint Lists goes offline seamlessly!
  8. New Crowdsource feature for Yammer including voting and enhanced sharing.
  9. Security and Compliance Announcements Azure sentinel user and entity behavior analytics and threat intelligence enhancements that support a multi cloud posture for management with Azure Security Center Inventory, Azure Defender, and updates to Azure Arc.
  10. The devices updates: Surface Duo which is out now and showcased by many speakers… Then the Surface Hub 2S that’s available in 85 inch model (think MASSIVE TV that’s crazy powerfully interactive) was showcased throughout the show with multiple appearances not just in the Teams sessions. One screen with your call the other screen with your whiteboard.  Major enhancements to the whiteboarding and inking experience.

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Joel Oleson, Director Microsoft National Practice

Joel Oleson is recognized as one of the world’s most connected Microsoft Community leaders. He is well traveled speaking and visiting communities in over 100 countries. He has been awarded Microsoft's highest recognition as Office Apps & Services MVP, Microsoft Regional Director awards, and multiple "Ship It" awards for Office and SharePoint from his time at Microsoft. Joel was the first dedicated SharePoint Admin and Architect for SharePoint Online. Joel is Director at Perficient in the Microsoft National Practice. Visit his technical blog at and travel blog at

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