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Microsoft Ignite 2020: Key Takeaways You Need to Know

24 Sep 2020 by Becci Velzian

You’d be lying if you said you weren’t just a little gutted Microsoft Ignite 2020 was a virtual-only event.

We’d have loved to have spent the week partying with you in New Orleans, congregating in our techie hordes for Microsoft’s biggest show of the year, as the Quadrotech team showcased innovative Office 365 management software and managed migration services.

However, the beauty of joining remotely meant we did at least get to attend with our ‘domestic co-workers’ (hello Pancake!), and we’re still gassed about this year’s announcements.

Microsoft Ignite 2020 was virtual-only

Paul Robichaux (Quadrotech CTO & Microsoft MVP) and Pancake (Chief Entitlement Officer)

Top Microsoft Ignite 2020 Announcements

If you want to get up to speed on what’s been going on, you should check out the Ignite Book of News. Targeted at a high-level audience, the digest covers in detail what Microsoft has announced this year.

Alternatively, if you prefer to stream, head to the Video Hub for unlimited on-demand access to all the content featured in the breakout sessions covered at this year’s conference. (Netflix who?)

At Quadrotech, we’re delighted with announcements on PowerShell, tenant to tenant migrations, Teams, ‘the future of work’, and more. Watch Paul Robichaux and Mike Weaver’s video recap for what caught their eyes, and keep reading for a full rundown of highlights:

MS Ignite 2020 PowerShell Announcements

Certificate-Based Authentication for Exchange Online PowerShell v2

Firstly, for the Exchange admin, this announcement is exciting. New capabilities for Certificate-Based Authentication for Exchange Online PowerShell v2 has reached GA, enabling us to write automated scripts with ease using Remote PowerShell. We are now able to do this even when modern authentication and MFA are enforced.

MVP Vasil Michev, Microsoft Cloud Technical Strategist at Quadrotech, hosted a webinar on this topic a few weeks ago, and you can check it out here. Or read about the feature in detail in this blog post.

Support for PowerShell Core & Linux in ExO V2 module in preview

When we heard that support for PowerShell Core and Linux with Exchange Online PowerShell V2 module it was music to our ears. Exchange admins can now manage Exchange Online using a Linux device.

Also, the plan is to enable browser-based authentication for your PowerShell scripts meaning you’ll no longer need to enter credentials if you’re already logged into a browser.

You can find out more in the official documentation here. Or, you can check out MVP Tony Redmond’s full detailed account of the update here.

Cross-Tenant Mailbox Migration

When migrating between tenants for merger, acquisition, and divestiture scenarios we’ve been promised greater functionality for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, and Mike is particularly keen to see what this means for our Office 365 to Office 365 migration tool.

You can find out more information on the new features for cross-tenant mailbox migrations here.

Microsoft Ignite 2020 Teams Announcements

Microsoft Teams is the tool that has just kept on giving in 2020. With so many new features added before Ignite, we were wondering what more could they do?

The brand was conveyed this year as the only collaborative platform for calls, chat, meetings, and automation. Another key message was using Teams meeting experiences as the ‘new normal’.

Some of the most notable new additions include:

  • Dynamic view in meetings
  • Customizable meeting experiences
  • Together mode
  • Learning app for businesses
  • Partnership with Headspace – including a virtual commute feature allocating time for to ensure that employees are mentally healthy.
  • Cortana for Teams Rooms which can record and transcribe your meetings
  • Audio improvements using AI technology

Find out more here.

The Partner Opportunity for Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migrations

An unmissable upcoming webinar hosted by Paul Robichaux, Mike Weaver, and Nick Dishman is coming up on October 13 – 11:00 AM ET / 4:00 PM BST / 5:00 PM CEST. Register here.

The three tenant migration experts will be running a hands-on session guiding you through how to manage customers needing help with this area, and how Managed Service Providers can benefit from partnering with us.

Now more than ever, more organizations are going through mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, forcing a need to move their Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Teams to new tenants. As this is growing, now is a strategic time to equip your practice with cross-tenant migration expertise.

Quadrotech has a seamless and foolproof solution to overcome the challenges your customers face. When you partner with us, we’ll manage these migrations for the Office 365 workloads from the start.

During the webinar, the experts will share their intel on:

  • What drive T2T migrations and customer expectations
  • Challenges you’ll face during a T2T migration
  • Why you should opt for a managed migration service over self-service
  • The predominant four reasons why service providers choose Quadrotech’s Cloud Commander over any other service

Sounds great, right?

Sign up here and if you can’t make the live event, we’ll send you an on-demand recording once it’s over.