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Microsoft

Coming together online-only for the first time, Microsoft's annual developer conference ran 48 hours of live content across three main time regions (USA, Asia Pacific and the UK). Having your pick of all the content from the comfort of your own home, the trick was to find which of the 542 sessions were relevant to you.

 

We've assembled a comprehensive list of topics that may interest the IT Pro audience, including some community highlights. Check out the recordings!   

 

The Key Segments

Names like Satya Nadella, Scott Hanselman, Scott Guthrie & Rajesh Jha presented 13 different keynote segments, including some from their own homes. Highlight announcements included:

  • 1 billion monthly active windows 10 devices!
  • Microsoft Teams as an application platform and collaboration hub to other services. With the ability to pop app into its own window and an API for the Activity Feed.
  • Power Platform is now used by 3.5 million developers & citizen developers.
  • New Zealand is our newest Azure Region.
  • The Azure Super Computer is available, with 285k CPU cores and 10k GPUs
  • Windows Server containers are now supported on AKS Azure Kubernetes Service
  • Azure Cognitive Services gets a new "Apprentice mode".
  • Learn TV is launched! 

Find the Key Segments here! 

 

Teams + Power Platform
PowerShell everywhere for Microsoft Graph
Intelligent process automation with Power Automate
Power BI for BI pros and Data Engineers
Accelerate bot development in Power Virtual Agents
Teams Architecture - building scalable Teams apps
Build apps for Teams with low code/no code tools
4 building blocks for every collab app: Templates, Sites, Lists & Tasks
An introduction to Chatbots
Learn studio session: Creating interactive bots for Teams
Ten top tips for remote meetings form the Teams team

Azure

Mark Russinovich on Azure innovation and more!
Infrastructure as code - build Azure applications with ARM templates
Azure Arc & Kubernetes: a Developer Story 
Azure Confidential Computing - protect data in use
What's new with Application Insights & Azure Monitor
Modernize your Windows Server apps with containers
Evaluate and optimize your costs using the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework
Architecture patterns for event-driven applications using Azure Functions
Manage your cloud and hybrid environments like a pro with event-based automation
Expert Q&A: Azure Hybrid Cloud and Management
Working with Cost Management APIs
Make Infra as Code easy with the ARM Template Visualizer
Microsoft Datacenter Infrastructure securely connected with Azure Sphere
Developing end-to-end analytics solutions with the latest Azure Synapse features
Migrating your applications, data & infrastructure to Azure
Just put it in the Cloud with an Azure Migration
Azure SQL: What to use When + What's new
Microsoft IoT Vision and Roadmap

 

Identity

The importance of an Identity Platform

Creating trustworthy applications with Microsoft Identity
Reach millions of users building apps with the Microsoft Identity Platform

 

Community/Student

Some of the Student topics are also great for IT Pros wanting to start with technologies like GitHub, or play with some coding basics.

Spotlight Series: Mentoring Future Technologists
Introduction to GitHub for Student Developers
Using Live Share for remote work in your team
Learn Studio Session: Create a website in Azure
Meet GirlScript India
Microsoft MakeCode with Minecraft Blocks
Movement: cultivating ease with yoga

Misc

Expand your application's reach in the Enterprise with Windows Virtual Desktop
Get started with the Windows Package Manager
Automate spreadsheets with Office Scripts in Microsoft Excel
The new Windows command line - Windows Terminal and WLS 2
Let's talk Quantum!

 

Several of the Microsoft product groups also hosted "Ask us anything" sessions, which were recorded. Search the session builder to find:

Power Platform, Azure Active Directory B2C, Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Azure Resource Manager, Identity & Access for Azure, Azure Networking, Teams

 

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