Tricerat attended the Microsoft Ignite conference in November, and we heard a lot of new updates that span across a variety of topics and products. As a Windows Virtual Desktop Partner, our team was primarily focused on the array of announcements around Windows Virtual Desktop, but there were some other important announcements to highlight.
Cloud computing is a big part of the Microsoft strategy right now, and the Ignite conference didn’t disappoint with news from the Azure team.
Azure Arc is a new technology that allows IT admins to extend Azure services and management to other clouds and even on-prem environments with Azure Stack. This includes Windows, Linux, and Kubernetes clusters, giving full flexibility to workloads and adding even more power to Azure services and the management tools when admins leverage hybrid cloud environments.
It was announced in 2019 that Edge would now be built on the Chromium rendering engine and would give the browser new life. Microsoft announced release for this in early 2020 as well as some features that integrate it closely with Microsoft 365 apps, files, and services. This integration, along with touted privacy features, will be the main selling point for Edge in the enterprise.
The major update to Edge will be available January 15, 2020. And to make sure that you know it’s new, there’s a new logo!
There was a lot of talk at the event of no-code, low-code, and citizen developers. Microsoft’s set of Power tools is aimed at getting a robust development toolset into the hands of people closest to the problem or business need. In the case of Power Virtual Agents, chatbots can be created through a visual interface to provide specific help and access to information to frontline workers.
What was once Power Flow is now Power Automate, part of the Power Platform alongside PowerBI and Power Apps. Combined, the Power Platform enables process automation and easy app creation leveraging on-prem and cloud-based data and documents.
Microsoft Teams has been a hot topic at the last few Microsoft Ignite conferences, and this year there was a list of new features announced for the enterprise communication tool. This includes private channels, integration with other office workflows, and automations using the Power Platform capabilities to integrate custom apps and data insights.
Project Cortex is one of many machine learning additions to the platform. In the demonstration, Project Coretex can automatically create a knowledge database that analyzes documents and contacts across an organization to provide real-time information on a given subject, tailored to the private data within an organization. Microsoft calls this a “knowledge network” and integrates with Outlook, Teams, and other Office apps.
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Tricerat has been a Microsoft Gold Partner for many years. Our software is compatible with Microsoft RDS and Windows Virtual Desktop Environments. We specialize in enterprise print management and scanning. With over 20 years of experience, our solutions offer the highest level of efficiency, service, and functionality.