As the fall season approaches, Microsoft is gearing up for its highly anticipated event, Microsoft Ignite 2022. This year promises to be full of surprises, including a new format that allows you to experience the event like never before. In this article, we’ll provide you with all the essential details and releases that you can expect from this exciting event.
What is Microsoft Ignite?
Microsoft Ignite is an annual gathering that brings together technology professionals and developers from around the world. It is Microsoft’s largest event dedicated to showcasing new tools, initiatives, and services that drive digital transformation. In the past, the event has attracted an average of 25,000 attendees, but with the online format introduced in recent years, participation has soared to over 250,000 visitors. Microsoft Ignite offers professionals a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the curve by facing current and future challenges, anticipating customer needs, and leveraging technology to enhance their lives.
When and Where is Microsoft Ignite Held?
Mark your calendars for October 12-14, the days when Microsoft Ignite 2022 will take place. This three-day event will be held in a hybrid format, allowing participants to attend either in person or virtually from anywhere in the world. While the essence of the face-to-face meeting will be brought back to Seattle, the event will also be live-streamed for remote attendees. Microsoft Ignite 2022 will consist of four main sections:
- Plenary presentations: Prominent figures in the company will reveal the latest innovations that will shape the future of the business.
- Core thematic sessions: Delve deep into the technologies and topics that will be highlighted in the plenary sessions.
- Products in detail: Learn from Microsoft experts through demos and guides that showcase the next evolution of products.
- Expanding networks: Connect and interact with community leaders and featured partners through live sessions, interactive chats, and more.
Additionally, there will be a Cloud Skills Challenge that offers interactive online learning modules and a chance to earn a free certification exam. Participants will also have the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with experts during the event to get the technical answers they need. Notably, industry leaders such as Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), Scott Guthrie (EVP, Cloud and AI Group), Alysa Taylor (CVP, Industry and Data Marketing), and Vasu Jakkal (CVP, Microsoft Security, Compliance & Identity) will be present.
How Can You Watch Microsoft Ignite 2022?
There are two options for attending Microsoft Ignite 2022: in-person and online. If you prefer an in-person experience, head over to the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, where the event will be held. Please note that there are a limited number of tickets available at a price of $1,895.
For those who can’t attend in person, you can still be part of the experience by registering online for free. This option allows anyone in the industry to join the event virtually and enjoy all the sessions and presentations from the comfort of their own space.
Microsoft Ignite Spotlights
One of the exciting features introduced in this edition is the Microsoft Ignite Spotlights. Similar to what we saw in the previous Microsoft Build event, these spotlights aim to provide exclusive content tailored to specific markets. The chosen regions for this edition are China, France, Germany, Latin America, Japan, and the United Kingdom. This unique experience allows businesses to gain insights from local leaders, expert partners, and the community. It is available both digitally and in person.
Microsoft Ignite 2022 Recap
Throughout the event, we will keep this article updated with the latest information, sessions, and news. To kick things off, let’s start with Satya Nadella’s keynote, where he revealed the most significant releases:
Azure Cognitive Services
Azure Cognitive Services has announced numerous updates, including Azure OpenAI. This new offering provides access to Dall-E 2, a model that allows users to generate personalized images using text or images. Additionally, Azure Cognitive Service for Language enhances its capabilities with features such as abstract summarization of documents, improved linguistic coverage, and general access to Language Studio.
Mesh Avatars for Microsoft Teams
Mesh avatars are now available for Teams meetings in private preview. Users can personalize an animated version of themselves without activating the camera. This new feature offers more flexibility and allows participants to choose from a wide range of gestures to react during meetings.
Microsoft is launching Teams Premium, a more exclusive service that provides personalized, intelligent, and secure meeting experiences. The new features include meeting guides, customized logos and backgrounds for the Teams lobby, and intelligent recapping. Teams will also introduce AI-generated tasks, personalized feedback in meeting recordings, intelligent search, and live translations of subtitles.
Viva Goals aims to help organizations align employee work with business results. The latest update includes new third-party integrations with Slack and Google Sheets, allowing users to receive notifications, reminders, and OKR check-ins directly from these apps.
Microsoft Places is a new application designed to optimize spaces for hybrid work. It uses AI to connect virtual and physical spaces, driving increased connections, engagement, and productivity. The application provides various features, including a dashboard view of office schedules, commute information and guidance, space usage information and guidance, and more.
Microsoft Loop is a collaborative application available for teams to think, plan, and create together. It offers workspaces, pages, and components that sync across Microsoft 365, allowing users to work on projects collaboratively. New components will be added, such as surveys, checklists, and task lists, further enhancing collaboration.
Power Pages, which was announced during this year’s Microsoft Build, is now generally available. The updates include Design Studio, which helps builders design multi-step forms seamlessly, Templates Hub with new templates, Learn Hub with tutorial sections, and security and governance updates.
Power Automate introduces a new way to accelerate task automation through natural language and AI. Users can describe what they want to automate, and the flow will be built in seconds without any errors. The suggested flows will configure the appropriate connectors, making the process seamless and efficient.
Power Apps now offers co-authoring in the application designer, allowing developers to edit simultaneously in real-time. An integrated virtual agent assists users in the application development process, enabling them to create and send micro-applications using Cards, which are designed to share, collect, and connect data.
Power Platform Managed Environments
Power Platform Managed Environments provides features that enable IT administrators to manage Power Platform environments and govern low-code solutions at scale with greater control, visibility, and ease. The highlights include the Weekly Digest, which provides proactive notifications about resource usage and limits sharing to control application proliferation and overuse.
Power BI introduces updates that allow organizations to scale self-service analytics and eliminate friction for deployment, creation, and sharing. The updates include an automatic Office installer, the ability to view and edit reports directly from OneDrive and SharePoint, a business-to-business (B2B) discovery feature, extensive data set reporting support, and a Power BI solution that integrates with Power Apps.
Microsoft has enhanced its security offerings with new protections in Microsoft Defender for Cloud. These updates strengthen cloud security posture, extend threat protection, and integrate DevOps security in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Microsoft 365 Defender now automatically disrupts ransomware attacks.
Microsoft Project Bonsai
Project Bonsai, a low-code industrial AI development platform, has introduced new functionalities, such as support for masking action and training from data with OffilineRL. The evaluation 2.0 feature provides analytical tools to evaluate automation performance.
Microsoft has released Microsoft Edge Workspaces, a shared set of browser tabs that allow groups to view the same websites and work files in one place. As team members collaborate, tabs are updated in real-time to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Microsoft Ignite 2022 Agenda
This year’s agenda will focus on five main themes:
- Get data-driven and data-optimized with Azure.
- Deliver efficiency with automation and AI.
- Re-engage workers with Microsoft 365.
- Innovate with a developer platform in the cloud.
- Protect everything, everyone, everywhere.
On October 12th, the agenda includes welcome sessions, keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. October 13th features rebroadcasts of keynotes and focus sessions, followed by programmatic keynotes, breakout sessions, and more networking opportunities. Finally, on October 14th, there will be a rebroadcast of the programmatic speech.
It’s time to prepare yourself for Microsoft Ignite 2022, where you’ll gain insights into the latest innovations, connect with industry experts and leaders, and unlock the potential of technology for your business. Stay tuned for more updates, releases, and exciting announcements during this three-day event. Exciting things are in store for attendees both in person and online!