We're back with another exciting episode of the Windows Central Podcast, and this week, Dan and Zac cover some of the most interesting announcements from Ignite. The 85-inch Surface Hub 2S is coming in January 2021. Edge is on the way for Linux users, and Microsoft Teams continues to grow as a platform for remote workers. All that, and more.
Microsoft announced several new features for Microsoft Teams at Ignite 2020. One set of features centers around improving people's mental wellbeing. Suggested tasks, daily rundowns, and personalized insights will come together to help prevent burnout while working from home.
Microsoft announced several improvements and new features involving Microsoft Search at Microsoft Ignite. The changes include a new search experience for Microsoft Teams and the general availability of Microsoft Graph connectors.
Microsoft announced new names and capabilities for several Microsoft Defender services at Ignite 2020. Microsoft Defender now includes Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender, providing protection across a range of platforms and types of content.
Microsoft Ignite registrations are now open. The 48-hour virtual event is free, but you need to register to virtually attend. The event will include live Q&A sessions, Learning Zones, and several announcements from Microsoft.
Microsoft is still adjusting its event schedule in response to the global pandemic, bringing changes to how it's carried out events in the past. For the upcoming Ignite event, Microsoft now says it will actually be a two-part digital event with one part in September and the other in early 2021.
Microsoft placed a statement on several event websites regarding the coronavirus. Microsoft states that it is "monitoring public health guidance." The company adds that "the health and well-being of our employees, partners, customers and other guests remain our ultimate priority."
Microsoft made hundreds of announcements at Ignite 2019, many of which were explored in more detail in breakout sessions you likely haven't had a chance to watch. To help, we've rounded up all the sessions we think are important viewing for context around Microsoft's vision and goals leading in 2020.