Guide to Microsoft Ignite 2021 for the Windows Enthusiast

Posted on March 2, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10, Windows 10X with 6 Comments

Microsoft Ignite 2021 is underway this week virtually, and it appears to be pretty light on news about Windows. There are reasons for this, including the secret “what’s new for Windows” event that I recently disclosed that Microsoft is plotting for some months down the road. But there could still be some interesting Windows news out of Ignite. Here’s a list of the sessions I recommend that you pay attention to.

Note: It’s always possible that a speaker from some random session will disclose information about Windows 10X, “Sun Valley,” or Windows 10 version 20H2, too. And be sure to check out my overview of the pre-disclosed news over at Petri.

The heartbeat of modern work: A Windows fireside chat with Panos Panay & Roanne Sones
When: Tuesday, March 2 | 2:35 PM – 2:50 PM EST
Duration: 15 minutes

“From the chip to the cloud, Windows is the heartbeat of modern work. Join Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay and Azure Edge + Platform CVP Roanne Sones for a quick, lively dialogue about the difference makers and the recent Windows innovations for commercial customers and the IT community. Start your Windows journey at Microsoft Ignite with us and let’s talk about the features and innovations coming to life across Microsoft experiences and services!”

Engineer to engineer: Let’s talk Windows!
When: Wednesday, March 3 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Duration: 30 minutes

“Your feedback inspires our innovations. Join Windows CVP Aidan Marcuss and pivotal members of the Windows, security, and endpoint management engineering teams to discuss the features, capabilities, and shiny new things that will help prepare commercial organizations for the future and ensure that IT receives the hero’s welcome it deserves.”

Ask the Experts: Windows & Devices
When: Wednesday, March 3 | 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Duration: 30 minutes

“Don’t miss this opportunity to get your questions answered by a broad group of product experts, servicing experts, and engineers representing Windows, Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Microsoft Intune, Configuration Manager), security, Surface, Microsoft Edge, FastTrack, and more.” Also note this related blog post from Microsoft.

Top reasons why customers love Microsoft Edge
When: n/a
Duration: n/a

“Microsoft Edge launched just over a year ago, and it’s been a whirlwind year! Come learn why both end-users and IT admins love using Microsoft Edge, why using Microsoft leaves everyone more secure, and what’s next.”

Introducing the future of mixed reality
When: Tuesday, March 2 | 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Duration: 30 minutes

“Mixed reality is transforming the way we work, live, and play. Companies across industries are leveraging mixed reality to drive transformation and are seeing a strong return on investment. Join us to learn more about our vision for the future of mixed reality.”


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