Microsoft Ignite: New updates and products to look out for

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  • The Microsoft Ignite event just kicked off and a lot of products have received updates.
  • The company is integrating controls to make it easier for IT admins to manage deployment.
  • The company also had a similar event early in the year and introduced new features.

If you are not already aware, Microsoft’s Ignite event birthed new updates to a wide range of their products. There are a few updates across the board including  Dynamics 365, Azure, Office, and other services.

Majority of the updates are aimed at integrating controls and making it easier for IT admins to manage deployment.

Microsoft Teams

The Microsoft Teams app has become mainstream since the pandemic and now at the Ignite conference, the company has announced plans to allow users to chat with team members outside their work network with a Teams personal account.

The App Discovery Tool has also received minor improvements in the Microsoft Teams Admin Center portal. It is now easier to find applications

Windows 365 

Windows 365 users now have the ability to get reports on Cloud PC stats in the Endpoint Analytics module within Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Some Windows 11 features have also reached the Windows 365 Business Edition desktop-as-a-service. This includes virtual Trusted Platform Module chip support.

Business Deployment Service and Intune Integration

The Windows update integration for the business deployment service with Intune is also underway.

The service is meant to give IT pros greater control over when the OS feature updates arrive. It also gives better control over firmware and driver updates. The Intune support is the latest addition to the service.

Microsoft Viva Learning 

Microsoft’s employee experience platform: Viva is now on General Availability. There will however be another Viva app and customers who purchase it will get access to more value in future. 

The app will be available in 2022 in Microsoft Cloud.

Test Base for Microsoft 365

Test Base is an Azure service that allows Independent Software Vendors ISVs, organizations and enterprise partners to test their apps against Windows client and server OS versions.

The Test Base currently supports Windows Server 2022 and is available for testing email alerts and notifications. Video recording capability has also been enabled for faster debugging and root cause analysis.

Universal Print Support for Excel for Web

Microsoft’s Universal Print service requires regular updates and maintenance of print servers. Now, the ability to print using Excel for Web application will be on General Availability status by end of the year.

What updates are you enjoying so far from the Ignite conference? Let us know in the comment section below.