At Microsoft Ignite 2023, more than 100 announcements were presented across Azure, Power Platform, Dynamics 365, and more, showcasing its commitment to integrating AI into its core services.
Azure Machine Learning continues to improve user experiences with new enhancements, including the general availability in Azure Machine Learning and preview Azure AI Studio of prompt flow that streamlines the entire development lifecycle of applications powered by large language models. In addition to that model catalog will empower users to discover, evaluate, fine-tune, and deploy foundation models from renowned providers, such as Hugging Face, Meta, and OpenAI.
Microsoft is launching the preview of its unified AI platform, Azure AI Studio, which will empower all organizations and professional developers to innovate and shape the future with AI. Developers will be able to build generative AI applications, including copilot experiences, using out-of-the-box and customizable tooling and models. Simultaneously. developers will be able to build generative AI applications, including copilot experiences, using out-of-the-box and customizable tooling and models.
Microsoft Copilot for Azure, now in preview, is an AI companion that will simplify how users design, operate, optimize, and troubleshoot applications and infrastructure from cloud to edge.
Microsoft Teams enhancements presented at Microsoft Ignite 2023:
Microsoft Teams, serving over 320 million users, is receiving a host of new features aimed at enhancing the user experience. These enhancements include advanced AI-driven background options, voice isolation, and several improvements to chats and channels, further solidifying Teams as a leader in collaborative solutions.
New Teams meeting features include:
Voice isolation in team meetings and call
Advanced background decoration with the power of AI
Upcoming Teams chat and channel enhancements:
Customize default reactions
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New Teams keyboard shortcuts (Alt+Shift+D to set the status to Do not disturb and Alt+Shift+R to reply quickly to the latest message received)
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Microsoft Teams web experience
Microsoft Ignite 2023 enhancements for Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Microsoft 365 with AI
Microsoft SharePoint Premium
As the volume of content grows across every organization in this era of digital transformation and AI, Microsoft is expanding its content management portfolio beyond SharePoint. SharePoint Premium will build structure, security, and governance to ground an organization’s content, so Copilot has better information to leverage. As announced at Microsoft Ignite 2023, availability of services included in SharePoint Premium will roll out between now and the first half of 2024.
Power Apps gives developers tools to rapidly build modern, high-performing AI-powered apps for enterprises. AI implementation through Copilot, prebuilt templates, and drag-and-drop simplicity allows everyone to do more with less. New features and updates for Power Platform include:
Advanced governance features in Managed Environments for Power Platform
Features to further accelerate the building of Copilot-enabled apps
Making the creation of high-performing modern apps even easier
Microsoft Dynamics 365
Dynamics 365 Field Service, which helps businesses transform their service operations and improve customer experiences through AI, mixed reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT), has several new Copilot capabilities and integrated offerings. They include:
Improved technician productivity
Streamlined manager workflows
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Dynamics 365 Customer Insights has several new features and updates, all in preview over the next month, and include:
Deeper customer understanding and connected marketing and sales capabilities
Integration partnerships with Optimizely
The new Microsoft Copilot for Sales will include licenses for Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365. Copilot for Sales will help sellers by leveraging the power of generative AI across Microsoft 365 apps, CRM systems of record, and other relevant third-party data sources via Power Platform connectors.
Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 admin is a set of experiences that will harness the value of generative AI to boost Microsoft 365 admins’ productivity by streamlining daily work, so admins are empowered to focus on their strategic priorities, make faster decisions, and maximize the value of their investments.
Microsoft Copilot Studio presented at Microsoft Ignite 2023
Microsoft Copilot Studio is an end-to-end conversational AI platform that empowers users to create and customize copilots using natural language or a graphical interface. Copilot Studio is the perfect companion for Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, putting IT in control while ensuring the predictability of responses for key topics. With Copilot Studio, users will be able to easily design, test, and publish copilots that suit specific needs and preferences.
Microsoft Planner Unification
In a move to streamline task management, Microsoft is unifying Microsoft To Do, Microsoft Planner, and Microsoft Project for the web under the umbrella of Microsoft Planner, offering a seamless and integrated experience. This experience will first be available in the Planner app in Microsoft Teams in the spring of 2024, followed by web experiences later in 2024.
In addition, the Tasks by Planner and To-Do app in Microsoft Teams is being renamed Planner. Microsoft Project for the web will also be renamed over the coming months. Users of Project for the Web can continue to use and enjoy the features they know, under the new name Planner.
Advancements in Microsoft Compliance
The integration of AI and Security Copilot technologies into Microsoft Compliance tools is set to enhance the detection and management of compliance issues in communications. This marks a significant step forward in ensuring organizations can harness the power of AI to maintain secure, productive, and accountable communication while staying compliant with regulations.
The Microsoft Ignite 2023 event has set a new benchmark in the world of technology with its array of innovative products and updates. These developments are not just designed to simplify work but to transform how we interact with technology in our daily lives. Visit Microsoft Ignite blog page for detailed insights into these exciting advancements.