“Experience AI transformation in action, online from anywhere” was the theme at Microsoft Ignite 2023, our annual conference that serves as a pivotal platform to connect technology leaders and practitioners to engage with expert insight, participate in training sessions, and explore innovative tools. This year’s event showcased the latest advancements aimed at empowering customers, partners, and developers to unlock the full potential of Microsoft's technology and transform the workplace. 

More than 100 news announcements were made at the event that touch on multiple layers of an AI-forward strategy, from adoption to productivity and security. Here is a highlight of just some of those announcements that can help our partners grow their businesses. 

Microsoft Azure delivers purpose-built cloud infrastructure  

In this new era of AI, we are redefining cloud infrastructure, from silicon to systems, to prepare for AI in every business, and in every app. We’re committed to helping our customers bring their AI ambitions to production while meeting them where they are in their AI Transformation journey. Whether you choose to build hybrid, cloud-native, or open-source solutions, we’re rapidly expanding our infrastructure and adding intuitive tools to help customers take their ideas to production. 

Microsoft Azure AI, data, and application innovations help turn AI ambitions into reality 

The past year has been one of true transformation. Companies are seeing real benefits today and are eager to explore what’s next, including how they can do more with their data investments, build intelligent applications, and uncover what AI can do for their business. From modern data solutions uniquely suited for this era, beloved developer tools, and a suite of application services that can run any language, any platform, and at Enterprise-grade quality, we’re building Azure as the AI supercomputer for customers. The pace of innovation isn’t slowing down with new capabilities and updates to make it easier than ever for customers to innovate on Azure as a trusted platform.  

Data is the fuel that powers AI  

Every intelligent app starts with data – and your AI is only as good as your data – so a modern data and analytics platform is increasingly important. The integration of data & AI services and solutions can be a unique competitive advantage because every organization’s data is unique. Azure is the best place for customers to run their data in the era of AI with new innovations across our databases portfolio that will help accelerate AI innovation in both existing applications and new cloud native applications.  

To learn more, read the blog post by Jessica Hawk, CVP Data, AI, Digital & Application Innovation.  

Microsoft Fabric is now generally available, delivering an integrated and simplified experience for all analytics workloads and users on an enterprise grade data foundation.  

Introducing Microsoft Copilot Studio and New Features in Copilot for Microsoft 365 

We announced exciting updates to Copilot for Microsoft 365, as well as introducing Microsoft Copilot Studio – a low-code tool to customize Copilot for Microsoft 365 and build standalone copilots.  

The future of security with AI 

The increasing scale and sophistication of recent cyberattacks demand a new approach to security. We are bringing together unparalleled threat intelligence and new product capabilities that leverage the power of AI to tip the scales in favor of security professionals. Today we are announcing innovations that deliver generative AI to cybersecurity with an end-to-end and unified approach; and help organizations secure their use of generative AI.  

To learn more, read the blog post by Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Security

Introducing new Copilot experiences to boost productivity and elevate customer experiences across the organization  

As more organizations roll out Microsoft Copilot across the workplace, we continue to introduce new and updated capabilities to help people harness generative AI across every role and function in the organization. Today we announced Microsoft Copilot for Service, providing AI-powered assistance tailored for the unique needs of employees on the frontline of customer experience. In addition, we announced Microsoft Copilot for Sales, the evolution of Sales Copilot, as well as new Copilot capabilities in Dynamics 365 that drive efficiency across the whole organization.  

Introducing Copilot in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides, bringing generative AI in Mixed Reality to frontline workers 

We announced Copilot in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides, which combines the power of generative AI with Mixed Reality to help frontline workers complete complex tasks and resolve issues faster with less disruption to the flow of work.  

To learn more, read the blog post by Lili Cheng, Corporate Vice President, Business Applications and Platform. 

New AI innovations across Power Platform 

Power Platform announced new features that bring generative AI to more users, advance governance at scale and help build low-code solutions faster.  

To learn more please see the latest product blogs from Power Platform, Power Automate, Power Apps, and Power BI. 

For a full list of announcements, be sure to check out the Microsoft Ignite 2023 Book of News

Ignite Sessions on Demand 

Check out the session catalog for on-demand keynotes, breakouts, and other sessions from the event, such as: 

  • Microsoft Ignite opening keynote, where Satya Nadella shared how Microsoft is creating new opportunity across our platforms in this new era of AI. 
  • The Future of Security with AI: In this session, Charlie Bell, and Vasu Jakkal share how Microsoft is delivering AI for security with Security Copilot, and how we are enabling organizations to secure and govern AI with new capabilities. 
  • AI transformation for your organization with the Microsoft Cloud: Scott Guthrie and other leaders share how the Microsoft Cloud is uniquely positioned to help our customers transform by building AI solutions and unlocking data insights using the same platform and services that power all of Microsoft’s comprehensive solutions. 
  • Inside Microsoft AI innovations with Mark Russinovich: Hear Mark Russinovich, Azure CTO and Technical Fellow, provide an in-depth exploration of Microsoft's AI architecture. Discover the technology behind our massive supercomputers used for foundational model training, efficient infrastructure for serving models, sustainable datacenter design, AI-aware resource management and scheduling, GPU usage optimization techniques, and advancements in confidential computing to safeguard data during processing. 

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