Finding it difficult to keep up with the vast amount of news coming out of Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2016? Read below for the most impactful and interesting articles discussing Microsoft and its partner network.
On the second day of the conference, Microsoft announced a plethora of data-related enhancements and releases. These include Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Power BI Embedded, and Office 365 E5 subscription. These announcements further validate the large shift by Microsoft to establish the future of the cloud – with data being its main driver.
One of Microsoft’s largest announcements from the conference was that Surface tablet hybrid computers will now be offered as a subscription service through Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) – creating the term “Surface-as-a-Service.” This allows CSPs to offer Surface hardware as a managed service offering, and provides additional flexibility of solutions while ensuring Surface devices can evolve to provide the latest capabilities Windows and Office can offer.
With the introduction of Microsoft AppSource, a new directory for finding solutions for Microsoft software, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have a new opportunity to showcase their solutions to organizations as they begin to deploy their Microsoft platforms. This simplifies the search for solutions to accommodate Microsoft enterprise technology to fit their unique needs.
Microsoft announced its newest and most interesting addition to its Office 365 customer base – Facebook. Announced on the second day of the conference, Facebook’s 13,000 employees worldwide are now using Office 365 for collaboration. The Facebook announcement reinforces the expertise in enterprise that Microsoft continues to tout, and shows that Office 365 is dominating the enterprise cloud market.