6 Microsoft Must-Knows: Inspire2021 Key Highlights

The world has seen a shift towards digitalization over the past year and a quarter. Organizations around the world are emphasizing the necessity of highly skilled employees to adapt to these changes. There has been an increase in demand for innovative learning and certification programs that integrate with new technologies. Recent announcements from Microsoft Inspire 2021 have confirmed the increasing demand for advanced skills among employees.
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Microsoft Inspire 2021: A quick overview of the major announcements
Microsoft Inspire 2021 was the vendor’s annual two day event for its global network of partners. It took place on 14 July. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, was the event’s host. Judson Althoff (Executive vice president and Chief Business Officer of Customer and Partner Solutions), Rodney Clark and others hosted the event. There are many exciting things in store for the partner community, from announcing new updates to Microsoft Teams and Dynamics 365 to launching a “Windows 365” solution.
Let’s take a look at the highlights of the event.
Windows 365 Unveiled
Microsoft Inspire 2021 saw Windows 365 as one of the most popular announcements. Windows 365, a new cloud service, delivers a complete Windows experience (Windows 10 and Windows 11) to any device connected to the Microsoft Cloud. Windows 365 also introduces a hybrid personal computing category called Cloud PC. This combines the power and capabilities of the cloud with those of the device to create a completely customized Windows experience.
Windows 365 is a welcome breath of fresh air for organizations as it offers more flexibility and a secure method to empower their workforce.
Azure Event Grid Integrations
Microsoft announced two new integrations for Azure Event Grid. The preview included two new integrations with Azure Event Grid: Azure API Management, and Azure Kubernetes Service.
Customers can now subscribe to AKS events to receive a Kubernetes version update availability and a new version of the node image version upgrade availability to automate Azure Kubernetes Service operations.
The Azure API Management integration with Azure Event Grid allows customers to set up API Management to publish Events to Event Grid when a new user or subscription is created to an API Management resource.
Azure Stack HCI is adding new programs and marketing assets
Microsoft Azure Stack HCI partners will have access to new programs and marketing assets to highlight the technical capabilities of Azure Stack HCI. This is a cloud-connected, hyperconverged infrastructure operating system that delivers as an Azure service. The new programs and marketing assets include a partner program for Independent Software Vendors and advanced specializations in Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure and Azure Stack HCI.
Azure Migration and Modernization Program
Microsoft has upgraded its Azure Migration Program (AMP), to Azure Migration and Modernization Programs (AMMP), to make cloud migration easier. The program now covers migration and modernization services across apps, infrastructure, data, and even support for Azure Arc.
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Microsoft Teams Integration with Dynamics 365
Microsoft Teams license holders can now view and modify Dynamics 365 data in Teams without paying an additional fee. These apps will increase productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
Organizations will also have the option to access data at no cost, allowing them to choose when and how Dynamics 365 is purchased.
Microsoft 365 Lighthouse & Project Orland – New Tools for Partners
Microsoft has announced Project “Orland” and Microsoft 365 Lighthouse, two new tools for its partners to deliver managed security services to its partners and increase partner growth and profitability.
Despite the fact that Microsoft 365 Lighthouse remains in th