Today in central Florida, Microsoft kicked off Ignite with more than 25,000 registered attendees in attendance.
The day began with the Vision Keynote led by Satya Nadella whom was introduced by Julia White and both of them started off by acknowledging the impact of Hurricane Irma on this area and talked about Microsoft's efforts this week to contribute to the ongoing relief efforts. As a Floridian myself who was affected by Irma, I really appreciated them taking the time to do this as things kicked off. I have no doubt that the 1 in 10 attendees who are in attendance this week from areas impacted by all the recent hurricanes and storms appreciated it as well.
Of course, the keynote is a high level view of the companies progress and direction as they continue to expand the technologies and services that they provide to their customers around the world. However, scattered throughout the main keynote were a few highlights of some new services and features that are being announced this week and then the meat and potatoes of these announcements were shared in more detailed tech keynotes later in the morning and in other side sessions.
Here is a run down of the details for today's news from Microsoft:
I got a sense listening to the different keynotes and announcements that it seems the new focus of Microsoft is their Microsoft 365 package that includes Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility & Management.
Of course, inherent in this package of software is all the cloud services, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and now even Quantum Computing that contributes to the logic and capabilities in those three pillars of Microsoft 365.
Looking forward to Day Two of Ignite as we see how these new features and capabilities are broken down even further.
Stay tuned for our continued coverage throughout the week.