Microsoft Readies IT Pros for Cloudier Future at Ignite Conference
At its new conference, Microsoft announces new solutions that enhance Office productivity, manage Windows 10 and help IT administrators conquer the cloud.Microsoft today kicked off the Ignite conference for IT professionals in Chicago with several new announcements that the company says will help businesses better adapt to today's cloud- and mobile-enabled business processes. Taking the place of Microsoft's Management Summit, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and TechEd conferences, Ignite reflects the Redmond, Wash., software giant's own reorganization, according to Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO. On stage during his keynote address, he said his company "felt in this time of change and opportunity, it was very important to bring all our IT communities together." In addition to streamlining Microsoft's event calendar—and by extension those of conference-goers—Ignite is a showcase for technology and tools that take advantage of the "collective skills and ingenuity" of IT practitioners, according to Nadella. "Every business out there now is a software company, is a digital company," he said, emphasizing the value of integrated solutions and services that help businesses manage their data, applications and users. Today's announcements revolved around three themes: personal computing, reinventing productivity and intelligent cloud services, Nadella said.
To help administrators deliver more user-centric IT services, Microsoft unveiled Windows Update for Business, a new management option for the company's upcoming Windows 10 operating system. The offering ensures that Windows 10 devices are always kept up to date and current with Microsoft's latest security fixes, but in a manner that the company claims will reduce management costs while enabling administrators to have the last say on when updates are deployed.