Every year we travel across the pond to attend one of Microsoft’s biggest events of the year, Ignite and every year we are blown away. 2019 was no exception.
Our team, Andy Porter, Cloud Engineering Team Leader, and Miles Lavelle-Wood, Technical Architect for Specialist Integration, came back with plenty of insights and news on the latest innovations, let’s find out some of their top takeaways…
Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft
By far the highlight of the week. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, mentioned some really exciting updates to Azure services. Amongst the many innovations, the one that stood out to us was Microsoft’s latest cloud computing solution, Azure Arc. This means you can use Azure services anywhere, in any existing infrastructure you like.
This goes beyond the edge and local data centres, unifying and consolidating management, governance and controlling across multiple clouds. This will then allow for scalable auditing, conformity and access control across a number of environments meaning we can enable any type of infrastructure with cloud management and security protection.
But it wasn’t just the exciting tech updates that inspired us, Satya’s message around empowering every organisation with digital capabilities inspired us to keep doing what we are doing.
I think this tiny snippet of his speech sums it up well:
“We want every organisation to be a digital software company. And that means you all need to have the capabilities to be able to turn every organisation into a digital company. In fact, our goal is to commoditise digital tech. We don’t want it to be just the province of a few companies in the West Coast of the United States or the East Coast of China.”
-Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
Mark Russinovich, CTO Microsoft Azure
On what is set to be a huge game changer by the mid 2020’s, Mark delivered a great session and gave us a peek into the future of the powerful computing model, Quantum Computing.
Mark explained Microsoft’s vision on how Quantum Computing will look in ten years. The tech giant will use the computing model as an accelerator to solve real-life problems with lots of elements coming together, such as predicting climate change accurately. What would take classic computers years to understand, will take quantum computers just hours.
Of course, this doesn’t come without its problems. Everything we know that keeps us safe online could all change. That’s why Microsoft has started to update current security models along with new forms of encryption.
On top of that, Microsoft have released a developer’s kit which allows you to start developing quantum solutions yourself!
Aside from all the inspiring speakers, here’s a few of our favourite tech updates too…
There was a big focus on security this year, and it seems Microsoft are throwing everything into keeping our cloud environments as secure as possible. There were updates on almost everything, from compliance, to risk management, to authentication, to firewalls, they had it all.
New fluid features, and multi-window pop-out chats are music to our ears as our teams, especially projects and the service desk, can collaborate a whole lot more on tasks, in one central location. Which, of course, is even better news for our customers as we continue to improve our service all the time!
Bing and Edge
Microsoft has overhauled security on both Bing and Edge, essentially rebuilding it from the ground up. Microsoft wants its users’ in-private browsing to be the most secure experience it can be. So now, when using Edge, the app holds no data, only locally, and when you close the app, the data is gone forever, nothing is shared.
This is all to do with using probability and advanced maths to reduce the time taken for a machine to understand something. In the case of machine teaching, you come in with answer and give the machine a range of information and it will give you the probability of the outcome, on a huge scale. We can’t say this technology is quite there yet but it’s definitely progressing!
Discover some of our other favourite updates from this years’ Microsoft Ignite here.