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Complete coverage from the Ignite 2016 conference

Participants will attend the conference on Sept. 26-30 in Atlanta to learn more about new offerings for Office 365, SharePoint, Azure and more.


As workers become increasingly mobile and device-agnostic to complete their work, they need business applications that are flexible enough to be location-independent and secure enough to protect data, but also easy and efficient to use. Historically, Microsoft applications have not met that bar. But the new cloud- and mobile-centric services in Office 365 may turn that around -- with caveats.

This year's Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference will delve into the technologies in the Office 365 suite designed to meet these business productivity needs. Core applications include centralized content repositories and content management offerings like SharePoint and OneDrive for Business; they enable workers to centralize their files and work collaboratively, from anywhere and on any device.

These tools are also enabled by the Microsoft Azure platform, enabling easy integration with other tools like SQL Server, Power BI and SharePoint mobile and a new development platform, SharePoint framework.

While these tools have allowed workers to collaborate from central locations and in real time regardless of location, they have also posed hurdles in terms of usability; these applications often require numerous steps to complete an action, making work inefficient and unintuitive. And, of course, until just a few years ago, Microsoft was hardly a leader in cloud-based technologies or mobile-first approaches. Ignite will, accordingly, still focus on Microsoft's challenge in creating a truly cloud-first and mobile enterprise application portfolio. This year's Ignite will seek to persuade users that Microsoft is the platform for worker productivity, collaboration and back-office tasks, particularly since many companies still shy away from tools like SharePoint Online, and work with on-premises systems.

So too, Ignite will tackle new trends in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing (in the form of Delve, the discoverability tool, and Office Graph) and how combining these technologies with tools like SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics and CRM can fuel better decision making by teaching applications to learn in context. As trends like intelligent systems gain critical mass, they are about helping workers to work more efficiently and with greater intelligence about the process at hand and the audiences they need to serve.

At the same time, some of these tools are hardly ready for prime time. Office 365 services, such as Groups and Delve are still in their infancy, with IT shops reporting that the prospects for certain users getting access to unauthorized information has gotten easier with Groups feeds and Delve updates.

For more on the Ignite 2016 conference, Office 365 services and the trends underlying Microsoft's new roadmap, check out our guide below.

1Productivity and applications-

Discovering developments in Office 365, OneNote, PowerApps and more

Updates and insights on the new features in Office 365, Azure, the Microsoft suite, Graph and more revealed at the Ignite 2016 conference.


Office 365 streamlines efficiency

Office 365 looks to streamline user productivity, revenue, and efficiency by combing through information silos. Continue Reading


Microsoft's AI is no longer in just Office 365

Microsoft artificial intelligence technology will be present in virtually all of Microsoft's services, from Office 365 to Dynamics CRM to Cortana and more. Continue Reading


Getting the most out of collaborative Power BI features

Many users aren't taking advantage of all of the collaboration features Power BI has to offer; the biggest reason being users don't know how to effectively use them. Continue Reading


How will Office 365 fare at Ignite 2016?

As the Ignite conference approaches, speculations arise as to how Microsoft will deliver on its latest Office 365 services. Continue Reading


Will Office 365 meet expectations at Ignite 2016?

Users are expecting to see a more unified strategy for Office 365 at this year's Ignite conference. Will Microsoft be able to deliver? Continue Reading


The road to Office 365

The strategy for Office 365 has been muddled at times, but the Ignite conference hopes to set out a clear road map for the service. Continue Reading


How will Microsoft's Office 365 cloud strategy evolve?

The plan for Office 365 is cloud-first and mobile-first, but it is not without flaws. How will Microsoft navigate the cloud evolution for Office 365? Continue Reading


Microsoft PowerApps are becoming the next big thing in application development

Microsoft PowerApps have leveraged workflows to allow enterprises to design and develop their own applications without having to learn how to code. Continue Reading

2IT and cloud infrastructure-

Exploring Azure, SharePoint, and the hybrid and enterprise clouds

Read about the highlights from last year's conference. Then make sure to come back to read about the most recent updates and reveals coming out of the Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference on SharePoint, cloud infrastructure and IT starting Sept. 26.


SharePoint mobile strives to become more user-friendly

Usability is becoming a priority for SharePoint mobile, but are they doing enough in time? Continue Reading


Microsoft Delve helps assuage SharePoint woes in time for Ignite

SharePoint users were feeling frustrated with Microsoft's shift to the cloud, but the introduction of Delve at Ignite 2015 was able to provide a solution. Continue Reading


Hybrid SharePoint came out big at Ignite

As users fretted about the transition to the cloud and the shift from on premises, hybrid SharePoint became a major theme at Ignite. Continue Reading


Everyone's talking about the cloud at Ignite

Hybrid Exchange options and discussions about the cloud were highlights from Microsoft Ignite. Continue Reading


SharePoint 2016 RTM delves deeper in to the cloud path

SharePoint 2016 has made it easier for users to work seamlessly between their on-premises SharePoint deployment and their SharePoint instances in the cloud. SharePoint 2016 RTM indicates that the cloud is now the emphasis for development of new features. Continue Reading


Microsoft focuses on 4 keys areas at Ignite

At Ignite 2016, CEO Satya Nadella focused on four key areas where AI strategy has come to pervade the Microsoft stack. Continue Reading

3Enterprise and mobile security-

Examining Microsoft's new enterprise and mobile security measures

Find out how Microsoft is tackling the evolving the world of security compliance at the Ignite 2016 conference.


Security and SharePoint 2016

Microsoft has rolled out new and impressive security features for SharePoint 2016, including encryption abilities and better information rights management. Continue Reading


Navigating Office 365 compliance with these tools

Microsoft makes cybersecurity a top priority. Here are the Office 365 compliance and security capabilities Microsoft provides for IT administrators. Continue Reading


Office 365 archiving takes on several forms

There are many security and compliance requirements companies must take into consideration as they begin to shift to cloud-based applications such as Office 365. Continue Reading

4Live updates-

Ignite 2016 conference coverage on Twitter

Check back here starting on Sept. 26 to see real-time tweets from the floor of the Ignite 2016 conference.

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