Make Way for the Future: Microsoft Ignite 2018 kicks off in Orlando

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Did you ever wonder where software nerds like us get the latest scoop on the newest tech and trends? Well since 1993, our binary coded minds have converged upon Microsoft Ignite. This four-day convocation of a who’s who in the business software industry is  where Microsoft brass make major announcements about the company’s latest developments and projects. Today marks the start of Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Orlando. Since that’s our neck of the woods, we thought we’d give you a rundown of the highlights from today’s proceedings that we are most excited about!

1. Cortana Enterprise Skills Kit – In the face of fierce competition from services like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, Microsoft is fortifying its own artificial intelligent assistant with skill set that is geared toward helping businesses increase synergy and productivity. The service will be by invitation only until the product is out of beta, so don’t expect to see it on shelves anytime soon. Still, the prospect of having a Microsoft office assistant is something we can definitely get behind!

2. Microsoft Teams – If you watch our Everyday Office videos, you know that we are big fans of  Microsoft Teams. As it turns out, we are not the only ones. According to the company, their Slack competitor is the fastest growing business app in the world, and is in everyday use by 87 Fortune 100 companies. Now the company is focused on making Team’s functionality industry-specific, and is planning to add features such as patient-care coordination for healthcare providers. If you know us, you know that’s what we are all about!  More recent updates will also allow employees within a company to trade and give away shifts on their company intranets.

3. Microsoft Search – For years, Windows 10, Office 365, Edge and Bing (yes, that still exists) have lived as separate entities under the Microsoft umbrella. Amid an era of technological integration and interconnectedness, Microsoft is attempting to become your one-stop shop by joining these four applications and more together with a cross-platform search box that will allow use of all Microsoft softwares simultaneously. The search box will be located “in a consistent, prominent place” across all pages, and will be “supercharged” to help users find other users, content related to their searches and contextualize their queries before they even begin typing.

We’ll be back at the end of the week with another blog post about everything we learned from this year’s Ignite conference! In the meant time, if you love Microsoft like we do or just want to learn more about how to use these softwares, be sure to check out our Everyday Office channel on YouTube!

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