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Microsoft Ignite 2018: What Happened on Day 1?

25 Sep 2018 by Chris Cahill

Whoa! We knew Microsoft Ignite 2018 was going to be BIG, but we weren’t quite expecting that!

The writing was on the wall early on, as the West parking lot closed FOUR hours prior to the show opening.

The excitement continued as the day progressed, and our 17-strong team were rushed off their feet, talking all things data migration and Office 365 tools with industry professionals. At one point, the queue for our tech giveaway was even bigger than the line for free booze at ‘Happy Hour’!

Feast your eyes on all the action in the first of our daily video updates:

Microsoft Ignite 2018 – Will we see you there?

If you’re heading to the event, be sure to drop by booth #1037 and grab yourself some Quadrotech swag; it’s what all the cool kids in Orlando are talking about.

We’re particularly keen to meet Sys Admins for a research project, so if that’s you, and you’re responsible for 5,000+ Office 365 seats, please register for our Microsoft Ignite 2018 workshops. All successful participants will receive a $100 Amazon gift card as a thank you.

At 11:20 this morning – Tuesday, 25 September – our CTO, Paul Robichaux, will be taking to the stage to deliver his talk on ‘GDPR & Office 365: Surviving the Aftermath’. If you work in security and compliance, don’t miss him at Expo Theater 3!

With the world watching, Microsoft made some big announcements on day one.

  • Most notably, they’re teaming up with SAP and Adobe to launch a new Open Data Initiative. Analysts say this will help standardize the way customer data is stored and migrated between systems, which could disrupt Salesforce’s grip on the CRM space.
  • Additionally, organizations using Azure AD will now be able use the Microsoft Authenticator app on Android and iOS to access business applications, replacing passwords with a simple tap of the phone.
  • Big things are on the horizon for Microsoft Teams, with background blurring and automated transcripts available for video calls.

We love Teams at Quadrotech, but if your company hasn’t yet embraced it, you may be interested in reading our popular ebook, How to Get Your Team on ‘Teams’.

Keep an eye on our Twitter for live updates from Microsoft Ignite 2018, and check back tomorrow for our review of day two.