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Microsoft Ignite Day 4 Update

Microsoft Ignite Day 4 Update

Microsoft Ignite is currently underway in Orlando, Florida.  This Microsoft event has seen a great amount of customer interest, and was sold out.   PCM has a large team there and hosted a great happy Hour Social Event on Wednesday at Marlow’s Tavern, where we were able to connect with existing and potential customers, learn about their business, and talk about the value and solutions that the PCM Microsoft Team can bring to the table.

Here are some highlights from Day 4:

One of the highlights of this year’s Microsoft Ignite was Microsoft’s focus on intelligent communications, and how Microsoft Teams is rapidly becoming the new framework to think about when you are considering Enterprise communications. There were plenty of announcements around Microsoft Teams functionality and features, and we’ll talk about some of the most exciting ones.

Incredible adoption – Teams is, by any measure, one of the fastest growing applications Microsoft has ever created. Microsoft announced at Ignite that just a little over a year since Teams was launched, Microsoft Teams is now being used by 329,000 organizations across the world including 87 of the Fortune 100 companies. This unprecedented level of adoption speaks to a major shift in how organizations are thinking about intelligent communications, and looking for comprehensive solutions that bring together voice, chat and collaboration in new and innovative ways in line with today’s Digital Transformation.

Enhancements to meetings – As the meeting platform of the future, Microsoft Teams is also adding additional capabilities to ensure your next meeting is as effective as possible. For video conferencing, Microsoft is adding new background blur features to make sure you can focus on the video that matters most. They are also releasing the ability to record meetings directly in Teams including capabilities to provide transcriptions for search. Finally, Microsoft is partnering with a whole host of providers like Polycom, Audiocodes, Plantronics, and others to make sure you can bring the Teams experience to all your devices.

Enhancements to security – We’ve talked all week about Microsoft building security functionality directly into its platforms as opposed to adding it as an afterthought and Teams is no different. Microsoft announced at Ignite that it’s bringing enterprise DLP capabilities to Microsoft Teams so organizations will be able to create custom policies to prevent the sharing or leaking of sensitive data. Additionally, Microsoft is also bringing group based management to Teams, allowing for Teams and channel access to be defined by existing or dynamically created Office 365 groups enhancing security while lowering the administrative overhead of manually Setting teams permissions

With its accelerated growth and the level of investment Microsoft is bringing to Teams, it will be exciting to see how the platform evolves to provide true intelligent communications to organizations of all sizes.

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John Pontius
Microsoft Cloud Solution Consultant – Team Lead at PCM

 

 

 

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