It’s still spring time here in Chicago, but it’s also time for Microsoft’s first ever all-in-one product conference named Ignite. Throughout the rest of this week, I’ll do my best to share with you insights from the day, and highlight innovations or other content I thought was interesting.
This Ignite conference is the first (but not last I’m sure) time Microsoft is taking most of all of the other individual product conferences and bringing them all under one roof. These include TechEd, Exchange, SharePoint, etc. Content and information is being shared across all 5 days this week, ranging from the normal breakout sessions to hands-on lands, ask the experts sessions with the product teams, exam preparation and certification testing, live-streaming from Channel9, community theaters and of course the expo center. New this year also is the MyIgnite mobile app, providing the same experience from the web to your mobile device with maps, session info, your customized saved calendar and other goodies.
Today starting with the keynote from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella lays the foundation and theme for the rest of the conference, as well as share Microsoft’s vision for the upcoming decade. Then the rest of the days “double-click down” as they say into deeper dives breakout sessions, some technical and some not.
Before I go further, let’s look at Ignite by the numbers:
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The keynote started off with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella giving his vision for Microsoft and its Mobile First | Cloud First paradigm. Then Joe Belfiore delighted us with demos of the latest builds of Windows 10 including Microsoft Edge (formerly Project Spartan) and other improvements with UI and security, and collaborating with Delve. Joe passed the baton to Gudeep Singh Pall who talked about how Microsoft is reinventing productivity and the importance of team productivity. After a quick demo of the new features with Surface Board and Skype for Business, Brad Anderson talked about the Intelligent Cloud and how Microsoft is treating security in this ever-changing digital age. In the evening closing keynote we heard from all the innovations and upcoming projects from Microsoft Research.
Let me quickly share my highights / takeaways.
Now as you may or may not know, I work in SharePoint most of my days. So of course I had to attend the initial session for SharePoint 2016 and roadmap discussion. 38% of all SharePoint seats are in 365, and 80% of fortune 500 companies use SharePoint on-premise. With SharePoint 2016, they are mainly focusing on:
A couple exciting features I saw were:
Microsoft plans to release a SharePoint 2016 beta 1 by Q4 2015, with a release date of around Q2 2016.
I think that does it for day 1. There are lots of exciting things to come, stay tuned! Be sure to follow Curtis Hughes and C5 Insight as we live tweet throughout the week!
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