Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Ignite 2017: Skype Gets a Boost -- And a Transition Plan to Teams

Ignite 2017: Skype Gets a Boost -- And a Transition Plan to Teams

At its Ignite conference in Orlando this morning, Microsoft plans to announce that Office 365 will include a new "profile card" that can display LinkedIn information.

Microsoft 365, as you may recall, is basically "Microsoft as a service," an offering that spans Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10. These are the users who "are first to engage customers, represent a company's brand, and see products and services in action", Microsoft says. And that means a boatload of news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype - and everything else in Microsoft's arsenal that the company is targeting to business and enterprise customers. They form the backbone of numerous world's largest industries but have been largely left behind in digital transformation. As the name suggests, 365 Education is for the education market and includes Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Minecraft: Education Edition. Microsoft 365 F1 will help organizations to train and upskill employees, digitize business processes, and deliver real-time expertise while minimizing risk and cost.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI solutions are created to tackle high-value, complex enterprise scenarios and tailored to existing processes, systems and data.

There are two new tiers of the platform; 365 Education and 365 F1.

Microsoft also announced a new range of Microsoft 365-powered devices, including new commercial Windows 10 S devices from HP, Lenovo, and Fujitsu. The company has been furiously updating it ever since, including as recently as earlier this month with guess access.

Microsoft Teams isn't even a year old, but it's about to replace Skype for Business.

Microsoft is also introducing a service that will ease the migration of databases from on-premises data centers into its cloud, and it will start letting people reserve computing resources for future use - at lower prices than they would ordinarily pay.

Along with Surface, in January 2018, HP and Lenovo will support Windows Autopilot by providing device IDs to companies on certain orders-allowing users to easily set up new devices that come complete with company configuration and apps ready to go.

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