Microsoft Ignite is the software giant’s biggest conference, and while it’s still virtual this time around, there’s a lot more to report. Here’s a quick overview of some of the other news from Ignite that I think will be of interest to readers.
Windows 11. Microsoft’s latest client OS is getting new deployment and management capabilities with the Windows Update for Business deployment service, the general availability of Test Base for Microsoft 365, and Universal Print, which will be generally available by the end of 2021. Learn more.
Windows 365. Microsoft’s virtual and cloud-hosted Windows 10/11 environment is getting various updates, including full Windows 11 compatibility, support for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)-joined Cloud PCs, various UI enhancements, and more. Learn more.
Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s web browser is now available on Linux in stable. Learn more. There’s also a new Cloud Site List Management experience for helping organizations move off of Internet Explorer.
Office.com and the Office app for Windows. These two experiences are being updated with to help users “more easily find content across multiple file types, whether they are stored in the cloud or shared through Microsoft Teams or Outlook, to get recommendations on content that needs attention, and access the right apps and tools for the job.” The Recommended Files section of the home experience is getting new inline action buttons, and the My Content pane is gaining new search and filter capabilities. Learn more.
Microsoft PowerPoint. Microsoft’s presentation package is gaining a new Recording studio feature that will help users record, retake, and share presentation more easily. Recording studio will also integrate with Cameo and Designer in PowerPoint to enhance the quality of slides and make them more immersive and engaging. This experience will be available in early 2022. Learn more.
Microsoft Editor. Microsoft’s wannabe Grammarly competitor is gaining Context IQ capabilities that will help it gain predictive writing assistance. Learn more.
Microsoft Viva. Microsoft’s employee experience is now generally available, with all core modules— Viva Topics, Viva Insights, Viva Connections, Viva Learning—up and running. Learn more.
Power Platform. Microsoft’s low-code environment now offers better integration with Microsoft Teams, process mining via process advisor in Microsoft Power Automate, and enhancements to AI Builder and Power Virtual Agents. Learn more.
HoloLens. HoloLens 2, HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition, and HoloLens 2 Development Edition are available at a 15 percent discount through a limited-time promotional offer exclusively through Microsoft Store from now until November 15, 2021. Learn more.
Azure Virtual Desktop. Microsoft’s cloud-hosted virtualization platform now supports Azure Stack HCI in preview, and it adds multi-session support for Windows 10 and Windows 11. Also, a new auto-scale feature, now in preview, can save money by shutting down idle session hosts during off-peak hours while ensuring capacity during peak hours. Learn more.
SQL Server 2022. The latest version of Microsoft’s relational database server is now available in preview, adding new cloud connectivity features and performance and scalability advances. Learn more.
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