Microsoft Inspire, the annual global partner conference, was once again characterized by many presentations and virtual partner meetings. Divided into four main themes that focus on the primary needs of businesses, the theme ran through all areas:
- Microsoft Cloud for digital transformation across all industries
- New world of digital work
- Innovation from cloud to edge
- Foundation for Data Protection and Data Security
But there were also some very interesting focus topics that will certainly impact our future.
The end of Windows 10/11
On the very first day of Inspire, there was a top topic: Windows 365.
Windows 365 is an operating system that will provide a complete and personalized computing experience from the cloud on any device, enabling power, simplicity and security for hybrid working for businesses as well as their employees. Windows 365 will be available starting Aug. 2, 2021.
“Just as applications have been brought to the cloud with SaaS, we’ve now brought the operating system to the cloud, providing businesses with greater flexibility and a secure way to empower their employees to be more productive and connected, no matter where they are,” said Satya Nadella, president and CEO of Microsoft.
Applications, infrastructure, data and AI
Another focus of Inspire centered on cloud-based applications, data, infrastructure and AI as the foundation for digital transformation.
Microsoft is again relying on Azure to make AI accessible and enable all businesses, regardless of size, to automate solutions and improve productivity. Bots and facial and voice recognition will be used to improve security, automatically recognize customer speech, analyze emotions based on facial expressions, and thus answer questions. This results in a variety of new applications in daily IT life.
The topic of sustainability is not neglected at Microsoft either. The Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is a cloud designed to help customers reduce their carbon footprint and develop a more sustainable model for the environment.
It will be available by the end of 2021. It will enable companies to record, analyze and reduce their emissions. This is done with the help of services in the cloud that connect in real time and whose data and analyses serve as suggestions for better decisions. Dashboards track the resulting progress and monitor targets.