Watch Satya Nadella live at Microsoft's Convergence 2015 conference

Satya Nadella is speaking at Microsoft's Convergence 2015 conference (opens in new tab), which is already under way. Tune in right now to watch the CEO talk business.

Microsoft also announced a number of new products and services for business too, including Skype for Business, previously Microsoft Lync. You can read up on these new launches in the press release below.

ATLANTA — March 16, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced the availability of new products and services designed to enable people and organizations to put data to work, driving better results for business of all sizes. The announcements were made at Convergence 2015, Microsoft's annual conference for its business customers.

"Businesses are hungry to seize new opportunities using technologies like machine learning and predictive analytics," said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. "Only when businesses create a culture that empowers everyone to have access to data and insight that drive action will they be positioned to truly transform."

Nadella demonstrated products and services built by Microsoft to empower industries, organizations and individuals to drive insight and action from their data.

"Microsoft Azure IoT services combined with Windows 10 IoT for devices and Power BI is fueling a degree of collaboration, visibility and insight from data unheard of in the oil and gas industry — from the oil field and operations center all the way to the boardroom," said Gary Pearsons, vice president and general manager, Customer Support and Maintenance at Rockwell Automation.

There were several components of today's announcements:

Tools for industries

Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. Microsoft Azure IoT Suite is an integrated offering that takes advantage of all the relevant Azure capabilities, simplified billing and easy provisioning to help businesses connect, manage and analyze all of their "things." Available in preview later this year, this new offering will provide businesses with finished applications targeting common Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios — such as remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance — to simplify deployment and provide the ability to scale their solution to millions of "things" over time. Azure Stream Analytics will be generally available next month as part of Azure IoT or as a standalone service. Currently in preview, Azure Stream Analytics helps customers process massive amounts of real-time, incoming data from "things" and services so customers can predict trends and automate service and responses.

Windows 10 for Internet of Things. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will provide versions of Windows for a diverse set of IoT devices, under the Windows 10 IoT moniker. Windows 10 IoT will offer one Windows platform with universal applications and driver models that will span a wide range of devices, from low-footprint controllers such as IoT gateways to powerful devices such as ATMs and industrial robotics. Windows 10 IoT will also bring enterprise-grade security from the device to the cloud and native connectivity for machine-to-machine and machine-to-cloud scenarios with Azure IoT services.

Tools for organizations

Power BI is a service, now available in the U.S. and more than 140 markets around the world, that helps customers take the pulse of their business via live market operational dashboards, explore data through interactive visual reports, and easily share new insights with colleagues and customers. New Power BI connectors, dashboards and reports for some of the industry's most popular data sources — including Google Analytics, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Zuora, Acumatica and Twilio — will be available soon.

The Spring '15 release for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, expected by the end of the second quarter of 2015, will deliver significant performance enhancements, deepen interoperability with Office 365, and with new knowledge management enhancements, improve efficiency and collaboration between workers and businesses. The release also introduces Microsoft Social Engagement, the latest update to Microsoft's social monitoring tool designed to enable people to monitor and engage in the context of their Dynamics CRM and/or Office application. The intelligence gained from this new solution will enable businesses to be better informed about what customers are saying across all social channels.

Tools for individuals

Office Delve, now globally available, uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to help people discover relevant documents, conversations and connections from across Office 365. In addition, Exchange Online and Yammer content is now accessible via the Delve experience.

The company announced the IT Professional and Developer Preview of Office 2016, a key milestone for the next version of Office on the Windows desktop. Office 2016 is expected to be generally available in the second half of this year. Microsoft encourages IT pros and developers from its enterprise customers to join the preview to prepare, begin testing and help shape the future of the product.

Skype for Business (previously Microsoft Lync) technical preview starts Monday, and the new Skype for Business client, server and service within Office 365 will be available starting in April. Skype for Business delivers an enterprise-ready voice and video collaboration experience based on the familiar Skype user interface, including the ability for Skype for Business customers to connect with anyone in the Skype network. Customers and partners also highlighted the benefits of these products and solutions and demonstrated how they are taking the next steps to use systems of intelligence to transform their businesses.

More information and news from Convergence 2015, as well as keynote presentation and announcements related to customer and partner activity, is available at

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  • Incentive to get people to watch: Leave out the most important detail in the coverage article
  • Which is what? Tell me, tell me, tell me, TELL ME!!!!
  • Half Life 3 confirmed..... Only for Wii U.
  • Are you serious? Lol!! Can't watch from my WP..
  • Exactly.
  • He seems to care all about the business side of the company and not giving a sh*t about the consumer part. Look at Windows phone for example
  • Sure, Windows 10 free to consumers. Business has to pay. Xbox. Yeah MS don't like the consumer <face palm>
  • Haha, flash required on phone for it to work. LOL.
  • It's working fine on my phone?
  • Live stream will work in Windows 10.
  • Use desktop version of IE
  • I watched in person. It was not as good as expected. This was at a conference for businesses so of course he talked business.
  • Would be nice if we could watch this using the events app on the x1. Switching to Windows X tech preview just watch the stream lol, As oddly I don't get "constant buffering" nuisance on it. Whereas I get it on Windows 7 regardless of browser used.
  • I could do with a nap, will definitely tune in. Ta!
  • Yawn
  • I hope he will love WP more than IoT ;)
  • Nadella hate Windows and WP!
    Hope the board will kick him out of MS before it's too late!
  • Windows Phone is part of IoT.
  • Go home Nadella nobody likes you!
    You are creating only troubles!
    Go home!
  • You need medication.
  • Nadella!!! Do something ‎‎:/‎
  • Yes, best thing he should do is to go home!
  • Shit, I thought he's going to speak
  • He did it, before you tuned in
  • Does anybody know if the Skype for Business Technical Preview is different to the Re-skinned Lync client that's part of the Office Preview? Or is it just wider availability of this?
  • Microsoft is so boring
  • Go Nads!
  • The good thing about Nadella's presence:
    I know that I can skip this talk. Because he will not say anything of value. Or anything that anyone (himself included) understands. The guy would be the perfect politician. I still remember his first Q&A after being announced as CEO, where he basically answered all questions with empty phrases instead of actually giving any information.
  • Nadella is creating only problems, worst than Ballmer, i hope the board will kick out this person asap!
  • I hope u get lost from here and get brains. If u dint know anything about azure and just have limited thinking to windows phone. This Nadella vision. He will go the way he wants. He isn't Ballmer who really didn't get things right or at the right time bcoz of which Microsoft was late in the game of mobile OS. Guys like u cant imagine long term growth.
  • I should wait for win10 to watch live stream...
  • Better than ever!
  • Would be great if MS supported there own product to watch their own streaming events on WP....
  • No Windows Phone comparable Stream.... Really Microsoft... On your own event?
  • I think they made an android and IOS app to stream this event.
  • The problem is this event is geared toward MS partners who still think Flash is relevant. MS cannot force their partner community to use the latest and greatest browsers that support better streaming formats, so they fall back to the old tried and (.... buffering ....) tech.  
  • Nadella go home before is too late!
    Go home looser!
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