Microsoft Driving Digital Transformation With New Products And Services

At its annual Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft Corp. has announced new products and services spanning securities, productivity, intelligence and the cloud, which will make it easier for IT professionals to drive digital transformation throughout their organizations. Along with this, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen have announced that Adobe will soon be bringing its Marketing Cloud to Microsoft Azure, making it the preferred digital marketing solution for Dynamics 365 Enterprise.
 
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, states,
 
“Core to our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet is democratizing AI for every person and organization to help solve society’s most pressing challenges. To do this, we’re infusing intelligence into everything we deliver — from the agent to applications, services and infrastructure.”
 
Microsoft states,
 
“Today’s announcements address some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing technology professionals, such as security amid an increasingly complex and dynamic threat landscape, and the need to balance end-user preferences with technology investments that scale and deliver value.”
 
Security
 
Security enhancements announced across Microsoft’s products, which include Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security, offer powerful protection against security threats.
 
Windows Defender Application Guard, will be made available next year to Windows 10 users, however, it will soon be made available to Windows Insiders, making Microsoft Edge the most secure browser for enterprise. This has been powered by virtualization-based security technology, and uses isolated containers which are directly built into the hardware so as to prevent malicious code from moving across employee devices as well as corporate networks.
 
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) and Office 365 ATP now share intelligence mutually across both services. It is helping IT pros to investigate and also respond to security threats across Windows 10 and Office 365 more quickly and efficiently.
 
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection will soon be extended to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Other enhancements include dynamic delivery, which helps in enabling users to receive email immediately with a placeholder attachment while the actual attachment undergoes scanning, and URL detonation, which analyzes links in real time so as to identify unknown malicious URLs.
 
Office 365 Threat Intelligence provides alerts and information on the origination of specific attacks, integrates with existing security incident event management (SIEM) systems, and enables customers to deploy dynamic policies based on the nature of the threat.
Outlook for iOS and Android is now completely powered by the Microsoft Cloud for Office 365 commercial users and it supports Exchange Online mailboxes natively, so that no mailbox data is cached outside Office 365.
 
Enterprise Mobility + Security E5, a new offer by Microsoft which helps in expanding the security so as to help the transition to mobility and cloud, and this will go on to be available from Oct. 1, 2016. The suite goes on to include the new Microsoft Azure Information Protection service in order to help organizations classify, label and protect sensitive data.
Secure Productive Enterprise, will soon be made available on Oct 1, 2016, and it offers the latest and the most advanced security and productivity capabilities across Windows 10, Office 365, Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
 
Intelligence
 
Microsoft in its official blog states,
 
“New AI capabilities that span agents, applications, services and infrastructure transform what’s possible for people and organizations.”
 
Microsoft  is to preview new skills for its personal assistant and AI agent Cortana, which includes health insights and reminders.
 
Office 365 is getting new cloud-powered intelligent capabilities, including Tap in Word and Outlook, QuickStarter for PowerPoint and Sway and Maps.
 
Microsoft MyAnalytics (earlier known as Delve Analytics) is a personal analytics service in Office 365 which helps people to understand how they spend time at work. For more information, check here
 
Relationship Assistant, included in the soon-to-be-released Dynamics 365 for Sales, makes customer engagement more intelligent than before on any device.
 
Microsoft has deployed a new AI-enabled virtual agent across all of its U.S. support centers to improve customer experience.
 
The company has also announced that it has gone ahead and signed a global, multiyear agreement with Renault-Nissan Alliance to advance connected driving experiences worldwide. Both the companies will go on to work together so as to develop next-generation mobility services for cars, which would be powered by Microsoft Azure, and which will go on to improve customer experiences which includes personalization, advanced navigation, predictive services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.
 
The company states,
 
“Renault-Nissan selected Azure because of its enterprise-grade security and Microsoft’s commitment to compliance.”
 
Cloud platform
 
The company states,
 
“Building on the industry’s richest hybrid cloud portfolio, the release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 helps transform customers’ infrastructure to support future-ready cloud applications, while advances in the Microsoft cloud infrastructure provide a path toward an AI supercomputer in the cloud.”
 
Windows Server 2016 will be generally available in October, giving IT professionals new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for infrastructure and cloud applications. Microsoft and Docker Inc. are extending their partnership to make the Commercially Supported Docker Engine available to Windows Server 2016 customers at no additional cost. System Center 2016 will also be generally available in October, offering a simplified management solution across the datacenter and the cloud for Windows Server 2016 software-defined datacenter features.
 
New Azure monitoring abilities, combined with Operations Management Suite updates, help IT manage cloud and on-premises assets from one place.
 
The next technical preview of Azure Stack brings Azure technology to customers’ datacenters.
 
The company states,
 
“Microsoft is also advancing a vision of what’s possible with intelligence and machine learning using the world’s largest deployment of custom developed field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), spanning 15 countries and five continents. These FPGAs could be used to accelerate AI to near real time, making Azure the foundation for the world’s first AI supercomputer.”
 
Empowering IT pros
 
The company states,
 
“New free training and educational resources will help ensure that IT professionals have the know-how and expertise to help companies complete their digital transformation.”
 
The Microsoft Technical Community is now a new online community which brings together IT professionals, MVPs and Microsoft subject-matter experts to exchange ideas, build connections and share best practices about Microsoft products and solutions.
 
The Microsoft IT Pro Career Center and Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials are now available in 25 languages and 40 markets across the globe. The Career Center provides free expert advice on cloud career paths, skills and curriculum by cloud role, while IT Pro Cloud Essentials goes on to provide a free annual subscription to cloud services, priority support and certification.