Microsoft’s largest technical conference started today with 23,000 attendees. This is Microsoft’s annual technology conference called Ignite, a combination of many of individual events of the past including Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint and TechEd conferences.

Everywhere I see around in downtown Atlanta’s Philips Arena there are lots and lots of people. More than conference this looks like a mela or festival. Even though there was long lines due to security scans to enter the building there was smooth flow of people, great arrangements.




In the keynote session it was exciting to see on stage together, two CEOs of Indian origin who are heading two of the large companies in the world – @Microsoft Satya Nadella & @Adobe Shantanu Narayan. Adobe announced they are going to be running their entire cloud services on top of Microsoft Azure cloud. A big win for Microsoft!

Scott Guthrie talked about companies like BMW, Rolls Royce, Tyco who are leveraging Azure services in new ways. We saw demos of:

  • Azure monitor service that provide integrated monitor for both onprem & cloud servers, equally well for both Linux and Windows workloads;
  • The possibilities with Log search to see patterns hitherto unseen from the large volume of log files that each of our servers produce every second;
  • Azure monitoring dashboard that gives unified view of all important metrics we gave;
  • Azure security alerts that highlight intrusions and even provide solutions for them right in place by a new feature called security incidents.

General Availability announced of Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016 & commercial support license of Docker engine with every Windows Server.


I heard a concise definition for DevOps being used on stage – Devops is a combination of Tools, People & Process.

Yusuf Mehdi shared Statistics that by 2020:

  • 50% of the USA workforce will be millennials;
  • 43% are going to be freelancers;
  • 5 billion smart connected devices shipped annually;
  • 400 million monthly active devices of Windows 10;
  • 70 million monthly active users of Office 365;
  • 1 billion logins per day protected by Azure Active Directory.

He showed demo of Microsoft Ink converting and solving formulas in Microsoft OneNote; Delve Analytics showing time you spent in meetings, emails and the time the readers spent on those emails. Lastly he announced a new feature called Windows Defender Application Guard that makes Microsoft Edge the most secure browser by isolating critical information using hardware security.

Yesterday I attended a hands-on workshop on Power BI as part of pre-conference programs. The venue for this year’s Ignite is Georgia World Congress Center, a massive spread of floor space across 3 huge buildings. Walking from Hall C where lunch is served to Hall B for the session I attended and then few times back & forth I had burned over 1600 calories. Looking forward to an interesting week of learning and meeting people.






Read my next post on updates that happened during rest of the week of Microsoft Ignite 2016.

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