Microsoft Ignite 2020: All the news from this week’s Redmond’s IT Pro conference

Watch this: ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and Larry Dignan discuss everything you need to know about the news out of Microsoft’s Ignite conference. 

The promise of Azure Arc is providing the simplicity of the cloud control plane inside the data center. A year after announcement with the core platform now going GA, we thought it would be a good time for a deeper dive to see how Azure Arc actually works.

Microsoft is rebuilding its Microsoft Stream video service over the next several months and will be moving it to use SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business for storing and managing videos across Microsoft 365.

Microsoft is working on a new sync technology codenamed ‘Project Nucleus’ that officials think could go beyond Progressive Web Apps for certain scenarios, including offline content sync.

Project Holographic Storage Device works on new holographic storage device for ‘warm’ data in the cloud.

New perpetual Office clients for Windows and Mac, as well as on-premises versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business are coming in the second half of next year.

Microsoft is adding three new edge-computing devices and moving ahead, with various Azure-branded services that are part of its hybrid-cloud family.

Microsoft’s Azure Communication Services (ACS) will give customers and partners access to the same voice, video, chat and texting services that Microsoft uses to power Teams.

Project Cortex is going to be delivered as a number of add-ons to existing Microsoft products, starting with SharePoint. The change in strategy is the result of ‘user feedback,’ Microsoft execs say.

The wait is over: Microsoft’s ‘Chredge’ browser will be available to Insider testers in preview starting in October.

Microsoft has plans to add new meeting, calling, search, insights and other new features to Teams over the next several months. Where’s the Teams-fatigue-fighting feature?

At its annual Ignite conference, Microsoft adds a huge slate of enhancements to its banner BI platform.

Project Holographic Storage Device works on new holographic storage device for ‘warm’ data in the cloud.

Microsoft Threat Protection, Defender ATP, Azure Security Center, and others brought under the Microsoft Defender umbrella brand.

Microsoft has added a second Ignite IT pro event, slated for early 2021, to its conference calendar.

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