Satya Nadella at Microsoft Inspire 2018

Microsoft Inspire

Microsoft presented a whole host of innovations at its mid-June Inspire conference in Las Vegas.

Microsoft is currently riding a wave of success and has grown significantly, especially in the cloud business. In fact, ERP and CRM solution Dynamics 365 is now Microsoft’s fastest-growing business area.

Accordingly, the mood of the 18,000 attendees at the Inspire mid-June conference in Las Vegas was upbeat.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made a big thing of his call to prospective employees: “If you want to be cool, go somewhere else. But if you want to work for a company that makes others cool, then come to Microsoft.”

A very important topic at the conference was employee leadership and employee collaboration: Microsoft 365 was introduced a year ago as an extension to Office 365 and is now being reinforced by artificial intelligence.

Microsoft Teams, a piece of chat software, is now available as a free entry-level version. Teams is already being used in 200,000 companies and available in 40 languages. The free version is limited to 300 employees and offers unlimited chat, built-in audio and video calls, real-time integration with the Office apps Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and third-party applications such as Adobe, Evernote and Trello.

Microsoft 365 is getting extensions for event management for real and virtual events, and Workplace Analytics, a workplace analysis tool.

Microsoft Whiteboard is now generally available for Windows 10. With virtual bookmarks, participants can collaborate on a real whiteboard and attach text and drawings. Microsoft Whiteboard is also free and will soon be released for iOS.

There is an interesting offer for conservative customers. Microsoft promises to provide older applications such as Windows Server and SQL Server 2008, for which support is about to expire, with free security patches for longer if they are run on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

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