Microsoft Unveils New Cloud and Security Offerings at Ignite 2016

New products and services offerings such as Windows Defender Application Guard, as well as new skills for personal assistant Cortana, October GA of Windows Server 2016, Adobe's cloud services on Azure.

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At Ignite, Microsoft's announced new products and services spanning security, productivity, intelligence and the cloud to empower IT and drive digital transformation throughout organizations.

In addition, Adobe is also bringing its Marketing Cloud to Microsoft Azure and making it the preferred digital marketing solution for Dynamics 365 Enterprise, Microsoft Azure, and Adobe Marketing Cloud was announced.

With the partnership, "Adobe will make Azure its preferred cloud platform for Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud," writes Microsoft. "Azure provides Adobe with a trusted, global cloud and a powerful data platform for intelligent services, including comprehensive machine learning and cognitive capabilities in Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite and SQL Server."

Microsoft also unveiled security enhancements across its products including Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

"Secure Productive Enterprise", which is available on Oct. 1, 2016, offers the latest and most advanced security and productivity capabilities across Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

In addition, "Windows Defender Application Guard", coming soon to Windows Insiders, and next year to Windows 10 Enterprise customers is powered by virtualization-based security technology and makes Microsoft Edge most secure browser for the enterprise.

"It uses isolated containers built directly into the hardware to prevent malicious code from moving across employee devices and the corporate network," microsoft explained.

"Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection" (WDATP) and Office 365 ATP now share intelligence mutually across both services, helping IT pros to investigate and respond to security threats across Windows 10 and Office 365 more quickly and efficiently.

Microsoft also said that "Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection" will be extended to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Other enhancements include dynamic delivery, which enables users to receive email immediately with a placeholder attachment while the actual attachment undergoes scanning, and URL detonation, which analyzes links in real time to identify unknown malicious URLs.

"Office 365 Threat Intelligence" provides alerts and information on the origination of specific attacks, integrates with existing security incident event management (SIEM) systems, and enables customers to deploy dynamic policies based on the nature of the threat.

"Outlook for iOS and Android" is now fully powered by the Microsoft Cloud for Office 365 commercial users, supporting Exchange Online mailboxes natively so that no mailbox data is cached outside Office 365.

"Enterprise Mobility + Security E5", a new offer that expands security to help the transition to mobility and cloud, will be available starting Oct. 1, 2016. "The suite includes the new Microsoft Azure Information Protection service to help organizations classify, label and protect sensitive data."

Building on the industry's richest hybrid cloud portfolio, Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 were released as well.

"Windows Server 2016" will be generally available in October, giving IT professionals new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for infrastructure and cloud applications.

Additionally, Microsoft and Docker said the commercially supported "Docker Engine" will be available to Windows Server 2016 customers at no additional cost.

"System Center 2016" offering a simplified management solution across the datacenter and the cloud for Windows Server 2016 software-defined datacenter features will also be generally available in October.

Next technical preview of Azure Stack brings Azure technology to customers' datacenters, furthering Microsoft's unique hybrid differentiation.

Microsoft is also advancing a vision of what's possible with intelligence and machine learning using the world's largest deployment of custom developed field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), spanning 15 countries and five continents.

These FPGAs could be used to accelerate AI to near real time, making Azure the foundation for the world's first AI supercomputer.

Microsoft said it will also preview new skills for its personal assistant and AI agent Cortana, including health insights and reminders.

In the Office 365 new, new cloud-powered intelligent capabilities, including the following:

  • Tap in Word and Outlook, which uses the Microsoft Graph to make it easier to incorporate content from existing documents within your organization into your own documents and emails.
  • Quickstarter for PowerPoint and Sway provides curated outlines for any topic, including text and images, that can be used as a starting point to build presentations.
    Maps, a new chart type in Excel powered by Bing Maps, transforms geographic data into high-fidelity visualizations.

Microsoft MyAnalytics (formerly Delve Analytics), a personal analytics service in Office 365 helps people understand how they spend time at work.

Relationship Assistant, included in the soon-to-be-released Dynamics 365 for Sales, makes customer engagement more intelligent than ever before on any device.

Microsoft customers will be showcased for how they are using Cortana Intelligence to innovate in their industries.

Microsoft has deployed a new AI-enabled virtual agent across all of its U.S. support centers to improve customer experience.

Also, Microsoft and Renault-Nissan has signed a global, multiyear agreement and will work together to develop next-generation mobility services for cars powered by Azure.

The new services will improve the customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle-centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.

Renault-Nissan selected Azure because of its enterprise-grade security and Microsoft's commitment to compliance.

Finally, new free training and educational resources annouced include:

Microsoft Technical Community, brings together IT professionals, MVPs and Microsoft subject-matter experts to exchange ideas, build connections and share best practices about Microsoft products and solutions.

And, Microsoft IT Pro Career Center and Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials are now available in 25 languages and 40 markets globally.

"The Career Center provides free expert advice on cloud career paths, skills and curriculum by cloud role," while "IT Pro Cloud Essentials provides a free annual subscription to cloud services, priority support and certification," stated microsoft.