Microsoft 365 Announcements from Ignite


Microsoft 365 is growing quickly—built on the strength of more than 135 million commercial monthly Office 365 users. Windows 10 has approximately 200 million commercial devices in use. And there’s an Enterprise Mobility + Security install base of more than 82 million. At this year’s Microsoft Ignite Conference, we introduced new capabilities in Microsoft 365 that make it possible for customers to do their best work. And for you to grow your business.


Introducing Windows Virtual Desktop

Announcing Windows Virtual Desktop—the best virtualized Windows and Office experience, delivered on Azure. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale Windows and Office on Azure in minutes, with built-in security and compliance.

  • The only service to enable a multi-user Windows 10 experience, including compatibility with Microsoft Store and existing Windows LOB apps, while delivering the cost advantages previously only possible with server-based virtualization
  • The best service to virtualize Office 365 ProPlus running in multi-user virtual scenarios
  • The only service to provide Windows 7 virtual desktop with free Extended Security Updates, giving customers more options to support legacy applications while they transition to Windows 10
  • The most scalable service to deploy and manage Windows virtual machines, using Azure for compute, storage, rich diagnostics, advanced networking, connection brokering and gateway
  • The most flexible service, enabling you to virtualize both desktops and apps—so customers can choose between providing users the entire desktop experience or delivering only specific applications

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What’s new in Microsoft Teams?

At Ignite, we announced a broad set of new capabilities that make Microsoft Teams an even more powerful hub for teamwork.

  • Features like background blur and meeting recording to help your customers stay productive and connected throughout the meeting lifecycle
  • Experiences tailored to industry-specific and role-based workflows, including enhancements for Firstline Workers and healthcare
  • Developer tools and platform enhancements, third-party integrations, and new APIs
  • Time-saving admin tools, including dynamic groups and templates

Find out about all the new Teams capabilities


Security innovation puts Microsoft’s experience to work for customers

As attackers evolve, so staying ahead of threats is getting harder. To help, we’re focusing on three areas: running security operations that work for your customers, building enterprise-class technology, and driving partnerships for a heterogeneous world. Here’s what’s new:

  • Support for password-less login to Azure AD connected apps through Microsoft Authenticator
  • Secure Score expansion to cover all of Microsoft 365
  • Secure Score for hybrid cloud workloads
  • Microsoft Threat Protection, an integrated experience for detection, investigation, and remediation across endpoints, email, documents, identity, and infrastructure

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New Microsoft 365 capabilities to accelerate modern compliance

We’ve been working diligently to bring more AI-powered, user-centered, integrated compliance solutions into Microsoft 365. We’re excited to announce new and expanded capabilities that can help support your customers’ compliance journeys.

  • New Compliance Manager assessments and toolkit
  • Unified labeling experience to set up protection and retention policies
  • More robust configurations to help auto-classify and govern data
  • Privileged access management in Office 365
  • New enhancements in Office 365 Message Encryption
  • New Search and Tagging feature in Advanced eDiscovery

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More exciting announcements from Ignite

  • Find what you need faster with Microsoft Search. Microsoft Search, a new cohesive search capability, makes it easier to find what you need without leaving the flow of your work. We’re putting the search box in a consistent, prominent place across Edge, Bing, Windows, and Office apps, so that search is always one click away.
  • Better integration for Office on the Mac. We’re committed to the Mac as a first-class endpoint and have made significant investments in the platform over the past year—including moving the Mac and Windows versions of the apps onto a single code base and releasing new features for the Mac every month. We’re announcing OneDrive Files On-Demand for the Mac, a service that displays all OneDrive files in Finder, and only downloads them when you need them.
  • LinkedIn in Outlook and Office web apps. Soon, when you connect your LinkedIn account to Office 365, you’ll be able to coauthor documents with people in your LinkedIn network in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—and send emails to them directly from Outlook.
  • Manage environments with the Microsoft 365 admin center. We’re announcing new features in the Microsoft 365 admin center to help you to monitor and manage applications, services, data, devices, and users across Microsoft 365 subscriptions. These include insight-based recommendations, a more consistent UI, and customized views for each admin.

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