Microsoft Inspire 2019 has come to an end, and while we anxiously await next year’s edition, let’s take a look at one of the key moments of this past week.
Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, was one of this year’s corenote speakers (and the one talk we were sure we were most looking forward to). He addressed the success of Microsoft’s partnerships and how trust is essential to them.
Satya’s corenote started by the importance of three different numbers, 100, 17 and 7.
“From 100,000 employees to 17 million partners, we can make an impact on the 7 billion people on the planet.” Satya presented this as the answer to the question “How do we empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more?”
Trust was also one of the topics discussed, starting with the need to have end-to-end cybersecurity. But the leader also brought up how trust starts with mission and business model, emphasizing the positive impact of always being fully aligned with the success of customers and partners as well as to be consistent.
Satya also took this corenote as an opportunity to highlight some of the key technology breakthroughs from Microsoft in the last year.
Having reached 13 million daily active users, Microsoft Teams has been growing fast, and updating more often. The platform promotes teamwork and collaboration, which were two of the most focused words during these 4 days of MSInpire.
“Teams is the hub for teamwork. It's really four things in one. It has chat. It has meetings. It brings together collaboration, using all the richness of Office tools, within that same scaffolding. It's the business process workflow.”
Teams was just one of the Office 365 tools to get new enhanced capabilities powered by artificial intelligence. To take remote meetings a step further, Teams introduced a new AI feature that allows you to show your colleagues your office’s white board, making the person writing on it transparent, so the vision is never blocked.
Teams is estimated to soon receive 200.000 new users, who are migrating from Skype for Business.
Satya gave great importance to Microsoft Power Platform as a way to empower citizen developers. They can now develop apps within their system themselves, all thanks to the new addition to the Power Platform, AI Builder.
AI builder takes cognitive services capabilities to business process workflows so that citizen developers can leverage technology to build real solutions without a single line of code. These apps can be integrated into Teams, so everyone can use them with just one click.
With an estimate of 500 million apps being created in the next five years, a higher number than the sum of the last 40 years, low-code software like AI Builder are becoming increasingly relevant.
Mixed Reality (MR) is no stranger to Microsoft’s presentations, but this time it reached a new level.
Azure AI + HoloLens2 can create amazing things. Julia White, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, demoed her life-sized hologram, with real time translation to Japanese.
This was one of the highs of Satya’s presentation. Even though it wasn’t the first time Microsoft presented holographic versions of people, it was the first time that this technology was present as a way to break cultural and language barriers.
Further embedding MR across solutions is in Microsoft’s plans for the future. During his presentation, Satya shared a few instances where mixed reality is already started making major impacts, like interactive instructions, product visualization and remote assistance.
“That's what's leading to us building out Azure as the world's computer.”
These were Satya’s words when discussing the data explosion that we have witnessed in the last two years. 90% of all the data we have available today was created in the last couple of years.
With 54 data center regions, the Azure cloud platform is everywhere, from Starbucks espresso machines equipped with Azure sphere – to help check water and espresso quality – to AirBus and Azure Stack – powering their critical aircraft manufacturing operations. All these connections to Azure Cloud create what Satya referred to as a limitless data estate.
Azure has become Microsoft’s biggest business, so it comes as no surprise that it took such a spotlight space during the conference.
Kevin De Wilde is a Strategic Accounts Manager at Amplexor. Or, as he prefers to say, a Customer Centric Intrapreneur. Apostle of Marketing Cloud Experiences and passionate about Modern Paperless Digital Workplaces, Kevin works in strategic partnerships with companies that take their digital future seriously. Kevin has been in Luxembourg for over 10 years whereof 7 at Amplexor.