Key announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2021

microsoft ignite 2021

What is Microsoft Ignite?

Ignite is for industry professionals to learn about new tools, services, and initiatives that Microsoft announce to continue improvement and advances in digital transformation. This event helps professionals to plan for future and current challenges and enables them to gain a better understanding of their customers’ needs and improve the service that they provide.

Due to the event being in a digital format this year, Microsoft arranged ‘Connection and Learning Zone’ sessions in which attendees were able to connect and meet peers and industry professionals, as well as taking advantage of Q&A sessions.

Where is Microsoft Ignite held?

Microsoft Ignite was held from the 2nd to the 4th of November this year. Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s largest annual event. It attracts on average about 25,000 attendees a year and has previously taken place across several locations around the world, including Orlando and Barcelona. Although, this year, due to the pandemic Microsoft have adopted a new online format for this event, and as a result, attendees exceeded over 250,000 people.

In this article we will summarise 4 of the top key announcements from this year’s event.

Microsoft Loop

Microsoft Loop is a brand-new application that is aimed at the enhancement of the hybrid workplace. It is combined of a powerful and flexible canvas, which consists of portable components that can move freely whilst staying in sync across all apps. It consists of three elements: Loop components, Loop pages, and Loop Workspaces.

Loop components can consist of lists, tables, notes, tasks, or data from Microsoft Dynamics. Therefore, these components help with collaboration and the flow of your work, and with components consistently staying in sync across all apps, the data and information is always kept up to date.

Loop pages are flexible canvases that promote teamwork. They can pull in useful data, files, and links to enhance workflow and collaboration.

Loop workspaces are shared spaces that allow you and your team to view everything important to the projects that you are working on. You can react to ideas, and track progress.

Context IQ

Context IQ is an AI experience that is integrated into Microsoft 365 including Microsoft Editor, Teams, Dynamics 365, and Loop. It is used to predict, suggest, and seek information that people might need.

This will include inserting files, recommending meeting times, tagging colleagues in comments and emails, pulling data from Dynamics 365 when collaborating on sales opportunities, and entering data and objects as you type.

contect iq suggests, predicts and seeks information as you type

Top 4 announcements at Microsoft Ignite 2021

Microsoft Mesh and Teams

Mesh for Teams will start rolling out in 2022. Mesh can be integrated with Microsoft Teams to give you new experiences with personalised avatars within immersive spaces. This will be accessible from standard smartphones, laptops, and is also compatible with mixed-reality headsets.

Users can create a customised avatar of themselves, and organisations have the option to create immersive spaces within Teams. Mesh will include numerous pre-built immersive spaces with options for meetings to social mixers.

mesh can be used in teams to create personalised avatars - microsoft ignite

Microsoft SharePoint Syntex

During last years’ Ignite event, Microsoft launched SharePoint Syntex which is a content management solution that uses AI to organise information within files to help you find, collect, protect, and automate business practices. This year Microsoft have added new capabilities including content assembly.

Content assembly is launching soon, and lets you build new content from your existing data. It can turn your existing documents into automatic templates, create contracts, invoices, statement of works and much more.

Syntex also enriches content with metadata, making it easier to turn that content into knowledge for Microsoft Search and for Viva Topics. In the future, when generating new content, you will be able to use knowledge from Viva Topics automatically in Syntex content assembly. This will therefore improve employee experience by saving time searching, reading, summarising and will allow employees more time to work on what is important.

syntex content intelligence uses AI to organise information within files

FAQ

Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s largest annual event. It provides insight on any new announcements, tools, services, and initiatives that Microsoft announce.

Microsoft describe this event as being for anyone who is motivated to be on the frontier of innovation and tech. This includes all roles, from developers and IT implementers to those who make large-scale purchasing decisions for enterprise tech and security solutions.

Microsoft Ignite was held virtually on the 2nd to the 4th of November 2021.

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