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Microsoft Inspire 2020: what did we learn?

Microsoft Inspire is a partner-focused event, held annually and is full of updates, new features, and the big changes due to take place over the coming year. This year’s objective was no different, apart from the whole world is on lockdown and they had to host the event virtually for the first time.

Speaking at the event, and to the Financial Times at the start of June, CEO Satya Nadella shared some new numbers:

  • In April, Microsoft saw more than 200 million Microsoft Teams meeting participants in a single day, generating over 4.1 billion meeting minutes
  • Teams now has more than 75 million daily active users
  • Two-thirds of these users have shared, collaborated, or interacted with files

In the words of Satya Nadella:

“We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. From remote teamwork and learning, to sales and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security—we are working alongside customers every day to help them adapt and stay open for business in a world of remote everything.”

And this digital transformation to adapt and stay open for business in a world of remote everything, includes Microsoft too, as they rush to not only deliver solutions but events too. In May, Microsoft hosted Build virtually which resulted in record attendance with over 230,000 registrations and this week, Microsoft Inspire 2020 was no different.

And these developments will improve your ability too and engaging with the partner network helps customers everywhere achieve more.

Gavriella Schuster at Microsoft Inspire 2020

So, what did we learn from Microsoft Inspire 2020?

Business Applications News

  • Power Platform solutions help organisations prepare to return to the workplace with confidence
  • Dynamics 365 customer voice empowers organisations to capture, incorporate real-time feedback
  • Dynamics 365 Connected Store, now available in preview, focuses on core retail scenarios and shopper safety
  • Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection Adds Loss Prevention and Account Protection capabilities
  • One year in, Business Applications ISV Connect shows strong growth in ISV enrolment, app certification

Microsoft 365 News

  • Microsoft Lists App rolling out to Microsoft 365 in July, available in Teams by mid-August
  • Universal Print, a Microsoft 365 Cloud Print Solution, is now available in public preview
  • Yammer, redesigned to connect entire organisation across critical apps, now generally available
  • Microsoft Teams experiences and device management improve within Teams Admin Centre and Teams Room Premium
  • New Power BI Personal App for Teams offers streamlined hub for data visualisation and insights
  • Microsoft Teams shapes the future of work with low-code apps and bots powered by DataFlex
  • Firstline workers can connect to info and experts using teams on real wear head-mounted devices
  • Microsoft Teams enhancements welcome developers to integrate apps, give meetings more impact
  • New capabilities for firstline workers in Teams bolster engagement and streamline business operations

Azure News

  • Microsoft streamlines customers’ first step to the cloud with Azure Stack HCI
  • New Azure updates support customers’ migration to the cloud
  • Microsoft-supported distribution of Apache Hadoop to be genuinely available July 2020
  • Azure Blob storage offers last access, boosting data visibility
  • Network file system 3.0 on Azure Blob Storage removes silos, run apps at scale
  • Boost security and limit internet exposure with Azure Data Factory’s preview of Managed VNet support
  • Hashicorp Consul Service on Azure enable simple, secure service discovery and service mesh across environments

Security and Compliance

  • Simplify data collection, get quick insights, and detect threats with new connectors for popular security solutions
  • New communication compliance feature for Microsoft 365 in Public Preview
  • Endpoint Data Loss Prevention within Microsoft 365 helps meet compliance requirements, protect sensitive data
  • New features of Inside Risk Management for Microsoft 365 in Public Preview
  • New double key encryption for Microsoft 365 is available in Public Preview

Customer & Partner Enabled News

  • Azure lighthouse delivers major security enhancements for partners and customers
  • New Lenovo Managed Services Suite offers improved cloud-based productivity, security and collaboration for SMBs
  • New initiatives accelerate progress towards 2030 carbon negative goal

To read more on these updates from Microsoft Inspire 2020, please click here. Or if you would like to discuss any of the above then we’d love to hear from, please contact the team.