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Microsoft Ignite 2018: What Happened on Day 2?

26 Sep 2018 by Becci Velzian

Microsoft Ignite Day Two Highlights

Day Two at Microsoft Ignite 2018 was busy as ever and didn’t disappoint!

There was a buzz around Booth 1037 all day yesterday. The queue for our tumbler game was bigger than ever, with some people even waiting outside before we opened. It was great to see so many ‘Ignitees’ grab a bull and have a go at unlocking our tech box. We had lots of lucky winners too, well done guys! Our Radar game was also popular, we even had one persistent player who played 15 times.


Our very own CTO & MVP Paul Robichaux led his speaker session on “GDPR & Office 365: Surviving the Aftermath” in Expo Theater #3. It was amazing to see such a great turnout from a keen and invested audience, so thanks to everyone who attended. The session opened our eyes to how many people at the event are still openly concerned about GDPR after Paul asked for a show of hands. If you missed it, go to our Office 365 security and compliance page for more information.

So, as we’ve previously mentioned in Day 1, Ignite is huge, and pretty hard to find your way around if you haven’t attended before. Microsoft clearly thought this through and have plotted ‘Find Your Way’ screens around the OCCC. These have been so useful as you can search by person, subject and booth number to access all the details and see the location on a map.

“Beats, booze and beer” was how one of our team described Happy Hour at Microsoft Ignite. The Quadrofam enjoyed a beer after a busy day talking about Office 365, data management, security and migration. Everyone was particularly impressed by the chicken and waffles served too, yum!

Here’s a video of all the action from Day Two!

Microsoft Ignite Announcements

  • A big day for Azure:
    • The Azure Quickstart Center is going to get some new enhancements to help set up your Azure environments with on-the-go guidance directly from Azure. Read the full details here.
    • Microsoft Learn has been announced, a fun and interactive way to learn Azure
  • Office 2019:
    • Contains new, updated versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more. There’s many cool features such as image recognition on Excel, whether this is handwritten or on a screen, it will automatically fill out the information detected on a spreadsheet. PowerPoint will now also have ‘morph’ and ‘zoom’ capabilities to make some well-executed and engaging presentations.
  • AI Humanitarian Initiative
    • Microsoft will be putting their AI intellect and $40 million towards four focused initiatives: needs of children, protection of refugees, promotion of human rights and disaster recovery. Brad Smith added that human trafficking “Is one of the world’s largest criminal industries, ensnaring millions of children each year. Already we are using predictive analytics and bot frameworks to target both the supply and demand underpinning human trafficking – ultimately disrupting criminals and bringing relief to victims around the world”

So that’s a wrap for Day 2! Stay in the loop on our Twitter for live updates from Microsoft Ignite 2018, or come and find us at booth 1037!