Top Announcements from Microsoft Inspire 2021 graphicMicrosoft’s Inspire event, which took place in July, centered around how to support and enhance today’s hybrid work environment. With many businesses coming to the realization that employees are just as productive working remotely (if not more), than at the office, most are adopting a model that will support both scenarios. Microsoft has pioneered the hybrid workplace with its modern work technologies (Office 365 and Microsoft 365), and now with Windows 365 environments, so companies can quickly adapt to this model securely and seamlessly.

Here’s a recap of the top eight announcements from Microsoft Inspire 2021:

  1. Windows 365: This Cloud PC offering is designed to support hybrid work scenarios with a simple out-of-the-box desktop deployment. Utilizing Microsoft Endpoint Management, the experience is built on top of Azure Virtual Desktop. Microsoft released two variants on August 2– Business and Enterprise. Windows 365 gives users the ability to access a virtual Windows desktop through a web browser on any PC or mobile device.

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  1. Windows 11: Coming in late 2021, Windows 11 is designed for hybrid work, built for collaboration, and is the most productive and secure version of Windows yet. Features include:
    • New streamlined UI to improve productivity
    • Snap screen layouts for easy organization
    • Deeper integration between OS and productivity apps
    • Blazing fast browsing
    • Easier deployment than Windows 10
  1. Microsoft Teams with Dynamics 365: Microsoft now lets users view and edit Dynamics 365 data in Teams for free. As such, it provides a more integrated ERP CRM experience for Dynamics 365, without having to pay for more licenses.

Learn about the Microsoft Teams + Dynamics 365 Experience.

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  1. Microsoft Teams with Viva: Microsoft is releasing additional integration partners and new features of Viva within Teams. Enhancements include:
  • Viva Connections—new work-class integration partners
  • Viva Learning—more learning partners
  • Viva Topics—new features such as SharePoint Syntax taxonomy integration, Multi-geo support, and user opt-in.

Check out these Viva resources for additional information:

What is Microsoft Viva?

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Microsoft Viva overview

  1. Cloud for Sustainability: The addition of Microsoft’s expanded sixth industry-focused cloud solution allows companies to measure, understand and take charge of their carbon emissions, set sustainability goals, and take measurable action. (Healthcare, Retail, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Nonprofit)
  2. Azure Stack HCI: Microsoft’s cloud-connected, hyperconverged infrastructure cluster solution will see product enhancements, including Azure Stack support of Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) for Windows Server and Secured-core server, simplified guess licensing activation, and enhanced infrastructure security.

Learn more about Azure Stack HCI.

  1. Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD): Product updates include the ability to directly join Azure Virtual Desktop virtual machines to Azure Active Directory, new cost optimization features, and a streamlined onboarding experience for setting up a complete Azure Virtual Desktop environment. Microsoft also plans to release a new monthly, per-user access pricing option for Azure Virtual Desktop on January 1, 2022.

Learn more about AVD, a secure and affordable desktop-as-a-service offering.

  1. Azure API Management integration with Azure Event Grid and smart defaults for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), rounds out the Microsoft Inspire top announcements.
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