Last week I was lucky enough to attend the MSIgnite. The 2019 edition was not unlike other years. Loads of announcements, and way too many sessions to attend. There were several community gatherings, a good number of parties and I can’t help but return energized. I did try to do follow sessions less in my comfort zone and focus a bit more on development and Azure. So below some of my highlights of the week.
There are a bunch of updates around working with the Microsoft 365 services. One of the buzzwords you couldn’t have missed is AI in Microsoft 365. AI is coming to Office and the new Project Cortex is leveraging knowledge to become more present in your Microsoft 365 suite. But besides that Yammer did get some love. The news search experience is getting improved and will allow for extensibility soon. There are some updates to Modern SharePoint allowing for multilingual and delayed publication.
Microsoft Flow has been renamed to Power Automate, and a new low-code bot building solution is available through Power Virtual Agents. While it looks great I was more impressed by the BotFramwork Composer but that might have to do with the fact that I am still a developer at heart.
Azure & AI
I loved the learning tracks type of sessions. The learning tracks focused on a typical solution and provided some additional depth. I followed some sessions around DevOps and AI. For AI I did love the sessions around contextual search and the samples around text recognition. They provide some interesting scenario’s in combining (meta)data that is already there with additional information.
I also managed to follow some sessions around CosmosDB, while I haven’t done much with it. It does look really interesting; the Autopilot will make it a bit easier to scale automatically. So I guess I have to play around with it to learn a bit more about it.
So like last year it was a full week! Now up to play around with all those new options. If you want to get an update on all news you should checkout the Book of News. It contains an overview of the most important items.