Microsoft's surge to get ahead of cutting-edge IT shows no sign of slowing as the company's investments in cloud bear fruit.
With Azure as the engine, Microsoft wants users to get on the digital transformation bandwagon -- swap out older technologies and approaches for more nimble substitutes, and invest in the company's products, preferably ones based in the cloud.
An intriguing amalgam of Azure infrastructure and platform as a service (PaaS), rolled into an appliance that sits in the customer's data center, should play a prominent role at the Microsoft Ignite 2017 show in Orlando at the end of September. Azure Stack, in the works since 2015, aims to give enterprises a consistent application development platform in a private cloud.
Microsoft's cloud emphasis is equally pronounced in Office 365. The company claims it has more than 100 million users that depend on the suite's services. Several significant features added over the last year include additional calling features to its Skype for Business product and the rollout of Microsoft Teams, the company's answer to the popular Slack chat service. Out of just over 1,100 sessions in the Ignite catalog, more than 200 focus on topics that range from basic digital literacy training to advanced records management for Office 365 administrators.
Bookmark this Microsoft Ignite 2017 guide for news about product developments and analysis from experts making sense of Microsoft's efforts to shape the technological landscape.
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Microsoft's 2017 direction
See independent coverage of Microsoft's new offerings and product updates leading up to and including the Ignite 2017 event in Orlando.
Microsoft Azure Stack is nearly ready to go, but OEMs say they still have more testing and certification to do on the product. Continue Reading
Companies mulling a Microsoft Teams deployment will have to tread carefully to exploit the new collaboration service, analysts say. Continue Reading
Microsoft Ignite yielded a slew of partnership announcements focusing on Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams integrations based on video support and interoperability. Continue Reading
New Dynamics 365 features include embedded AI as emphasis turns to front-line workers. Also, Microsoft Teams will soon supplant Skype for Business. Continue Reading
At Ignite, Microsoft predicts the future -- and it's one that centers on Dynamics 365, artificial intelligence and digital transformation. Continue Reading
Key improvements in data tech for SQL Server and analytics tools are on the docket for the 2017 Microsoft Ignite conference. Continue Reading
A project that will put Linux containers on the Windows platform offers more options to IT ops teams that want to deploy containerized applications. Continue Reading
Upcoming changes to Microsoft Office licenses will leave Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 shops cut out of Skype, OneDrive and Outlook for business. Continue Reading
The company claims WannaCry attacks did not influence the decision to disable the protocol by default in the next major Windows updates. Continue Reading
With just one year to prepare for compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, Microsoft offers assistance with tools, a dashboard, a privacy compliance forum and more. Continue Reading
Microsoft Security Risk Detection uses AI for fuzz testing to find application vulnerabilities and prevent crashes. Continue Reading
Cloud costs should become easier to decipher with Microsoft's buy of multicloud optimization vendor Cloudyn. Continue Reading
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Scrutinizing Microsoft's strategy
Microsoft's on-premises Azure Stack appliance is one of many intriguing projects the company says its customers want. Users and analysts weigh in with their opinions on the merits and shortcomings in Microsoft's agenda.
Microsoft customers considering a migration from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams will encounter several key questions regarding features and deployment models. Continue Reading
The Microsoft technical fellow and Azure Stack architect wants the appliance to avoid the issues that have dogged OpenStack. Continue Reading
Microsoft's Azure Stack hybrid cloud technology will likely see faster adoption in the market than VMware Cloud on AWS, according to analysts. Continue Reading
Microsoft appears set to pursue a greater focus on vertical markets and technology partners heading into Ignite 2017, as it takes on digital transformation and cloud computing at the enterprise edge. Continue Reading
Azure App Service Isolated brings dedicated space and broadens the reach of Microsoft's PaaS offering to assuage enterprises wary of public cloud. Continue Reading
Despite all its efforts, Google will have difficulty surmounting Microsoft's lead in the business apps market. Continue Reading
The initial release of Azure Stack and its 12-node limit might dissuade companies with large-scale requirements that want to avoid the public cloud. Continue Reading
Launched before mobile and cloud computing, the Microsoft .NET framework has gone open source, added tools for cross-platform development and adopted a common library model. Continue Reading
Microsoft's strategy on Linux and open source not long ago was to attack, but the company's aggressive posture softened under CEO Satya Nadella. Continue Reading
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Microsoft news from prior shows
Microsoft's keynotes and product releases got strong reactions from the tech community at other conferences before Ignite 2017.
The Microsoft CEO used his keynote to underscore several areas where the company's partners can help customers tackle digital transformation projects. Continue Reading
Brad Smith, chief legal officer, called for the technology industry to work with governments to ward off these threats from nation-states during his keynote at the security event. Continue Reading
AWS and Slack rolled out products aimed to knock down Microsoft's unified communications products at the Orlando show. Continue Reading
Microsoft delivered its Cognitive Services bundle to help developers construct apps that tap into AI data. Continue Reading
Definitions related to Microsoft practices and products
Learn the key terms related to the technology company.
- Microsoft Azure Functions
- Microsoft Azure Security Center
- Microsoft Cloud Hybrid Search Service Application
- Microsoft Cortana
- Microsoft Edge Web Notes
- Microsoft Flow
- Microsoft Hyper-V NIC teaming
- Microsoft Log Parser Studio
- Microsoft MyAnalytics
- Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center
- Microsoft Office 365 admin roles
- Microsoft Office 365 suite
- Microsoft Office Delve
- Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant
- Microsoft Powershell Core
- Microsoft SharePoint 2016
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
- Microsoft Sway
- Microsoft Windows 10 Continuum
- Microsoft Windows Information Protection (WIP)
- Microsoft Windows Server OS (operating system)
- Patch Tuesday
- Skype for Business
- Windows containers
- Windows Sysinternals