Microsoft Inspire 2019: Key Updates and Highlights

Microsoft Inspire 2019: Key Updates and Highlights

Microsoft Inspire 2019 stayed true to its motto ‘Together, we achieve more!’. The recently concluded event celebrated innovation and partnership. This year, the event was bigger and better with 450+ sessions. In this article, we share some of the key updates and highlights from Microsoft Inspire 2019.


Azure Lighthouse is Available for All

Azure Lighthouse enables service providers to deliver managed services across customers at scale with higher automation, governance and efficiency. Lighthouse is powered by Azure Delegated Resource Management that helps partners manage customer engagement and life-cycle operations easily. With the Azure Resource Manager Template, you can automate workflows such as customer onboarding reducing the need for manual operational tasks.

For customers, Azure Lighthouse offers a single control plane through which they can manage partners with precise and granular access. Lighthouse offers get greater visibility into the operations of a partner building transparency and auditability.

Learn more about Lighthouse

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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework and Azure Migration Program

Moving your business to the cloud requires both cultural readiness and systems readiness. The cloud adoption framework for Azure provides proven guidance that will help organizations develop and implement strategies to migrate to the cloud successfully. The framework comes with best practices guides, documentation and other resources that will help organizations to meet its cloud objectives.

Azure Cloud Adoption Framework

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The Azure Migration Program will help customers to get in touch with Microsoft experts and cloud migration partners to start their cloud journey. Customers will get step-by-step guidance from partners, access to foundational and role-specific courses to develop in-house skills and capabilities, access to free tools like Azure Migrate, Azure Cost Management and exclusive offers to reduce cloud migration costs.

Learn more about Azure Cloud Migration Program


Microsoft Teams Reaches 13 Million Daily Active Users

Last year was a breakout year for Microsoft Teams. Just 2 years after its launch, Teams now boasts 13 million Daily Active Users (DAU) and 19 million Weekly Active Users (WAU). A hub for teamwork, Teams is now empowering a global workforce. Microsoft Teams is now available in 52 languages and 181 markets.

Microsoft Teams

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New Features:

  • Announcements: enables channel members to bring attention to important updates.
  • Cross-channel posting: post messages in multiple channels simultaneously across the same or different teams.
  • Channel moderation: empowers team owners to designate moderators for channels to manage communication.
  • Priority notifications: alerts recipients of time-sensitive messages by alerting them every 2 minutes until a response is received.
  • Read receipts: indicates when a message has been read in chat displays.
  • Time clock: allows workers to clock-in and clock-out of their shifts and breaks using their Teams mobile app. The feature also allows managers to create and share shift schedules with his team.
  • Targeted communication: @mentioning the role name in a post will help people to reach everyone in that role.

Dynamics 365 Industry Accelerators

Industry solution accelerators are base components that enable Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to build and deploy industry vertical solutions easily. Accelerators ensure ISV’s adhere to industry standards supported by Microsoft.

At Inspire 2019, Microsoft expanded Dynamics 365 industry accelerators to include automotive and financial services. Update to Dynamics 365 non-profit accelerator was also announced. The portfolio of industry accelerators supported by Microsoft now includes:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Education, including higher education and K-12
  3. Non-profit
  4. Media
  5. Automotive
  6. Banking

The customer journey in the automotive industry involves several touchpoints which inevitably results in data silos. With the rise of ride-sharing apps and shared mobility, customer experience in the automotive industry is a necessity more than a need. The automotive accelerator will help ISV partners to develop and develop customer experience management solutions easily.


Dynamics 365 Banking Industry Accelerator

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Expectations from customer services continue to increase in the banking sector. To provide the best possible experience, banking and financial institutions require solutions that will help them get an end-to-end view of a customer’s profile. With the financial service accelerator, ISVs can build solutions that cater to these needs easily.


HoloLens 2

Julia White’s keynote on HoloLens 2 was a standout session for us.. and it was in Japanese! Watch the video below to find out why.

To relive the action and watch the sessions on-demand, visit:

Microsoft Inspire: Daily Rundown

Microsoft Inspire 2018, formerly called Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), continues in Las Vegas. Check this ongoing blog for live Azure Cloud and Dynamics 365 partner news updates, and perspectives throughout the day.

19/07/2018: Day 3: After a full three days of action, Microsoft’s annual partner-focused Inspire conference is finally set to wrap up tomorrow. We’ve seen tons of Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Cloud news throughout the week

Yesterday Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the center stage at Inspire 2018 with an extended round of standing ovation, before he’d even said a word. In case if you  missed the keynote, you can always watch it here.

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Here are few of the updates from Day 3

  • Microsoft Teams Monitoring: GSX solutions has come up with Microsoft teams monitoring and performance reporting capabilities
  • Automation capabilities on Microsoft Azure Managed service
  • Azure Cloud Security: Customers can now gain modern vulnerability management, analytics-driven incident detection for hybrid environments, and simplified agent deployment within the Azure infrastructure
  • Azure reserved instances will available across all Azure workloads
  • Azure information protection – unification of data loss prevention in the ‘search and compliance center’ labels and AIP

“Day 3 – Keynote”


18/07/2018: Day 2: Watch the Day 2 Keynote here 

Day 2 of Microsoft’s biggest event for Partners, Microsoft Inspire 2018,  featured Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner; Jason Zander, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Azure Team in the Cloud and AI group; Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365; Alysa Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Business Applications and Global Industry; and Anand Eswaran, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Digital, Services, and Success

“Day 2 – Highlights”


Here are few of the updates from Day 2

  • Walmart-Microsoft Azure Partnership 
  • Azure for MSPs: Cloud distributor Pax8 unveiled a Wingman Professional Services Program. The offering allows MSPs to leverage customized IaaS solutions built by Pax8 cloud architects and engineers
  • ClearDATA has launched “healthcare compliant” cloud services for Microsoft Azure.
  • Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack announced that the on-premises extension to Microsoft’s public cloud supports a variety of file formats now
  • Workspace as a Service: CloudJumper has unveiled Cloud Workspace for Azure


17/07/2018: Day 1Watch the Day 1 keynote here

“Day 1 – Highlights”


Here are few of the updates from Day 1:

  • Office 365 Accelerator: Office 365 accelerator reduces latency, packet loss and network congestion experienced by branch office and mobile users when accessing Office 365 cloud applications via the public Internet
  • GE and Microsoft: Expanded partnership will help industrial companies capture greater intelligence from IoT and asset data, boosts GE innovation across its business


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Commercial Azure Cloud Services from local datacenters in India

Demonstrating its commitment to delivering trusted cloud services that enable people and organizations around the world to achieve more, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Azure Services via local datacenter regions in India.

As the first public cloud provider from India, Microsoft has opened three new regions: Central India in Pune, South India in Chennai, and West India in Mumbai. Governments, large businesses, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and citizens can use the massive computing power now available locally to fuel India’s inclusive growth, spur innovation and accelerate digital transformation.


MS Data Centers

Having the Microsoft Cloud in India will transform the way computing is done in the country.  The hyper-scale cloud will empower governments, businesses and users and offer enough computing power that will support all their existing workloads. Built on foundation principles of security, privacy, control, compliance and transparency, Microsoft Cloud Services are designed to enable individuals and organizations to achieve more.

Millions of users in India are already using Microsoft Cloud Services leading to the cloud business growing by more than 100 percent year-on-year over the past two years.  With the local cloud services, regulated industries such as BFSI, government departments and state-owned enterprises will now be able to leverage public cloud services and be able to take advantage of local data residency. In addition, businesses that deal with large amounts of data will benefit from data replication in multiple regions within India for backup and recovery, reduced network distance, lower latency and the option of a private connection to the cloud.

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