Microsoft welcomed more than 25,000 business customers to its annual IT event, Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Fla. This week, where the company showcased how it is infusing cloud, AI and mixed reality across it products to help customers visualize and create the future of business.
The IT giant also shared how quantum computers could help solve some of our planet's biggest challenges. News covered Microsoft's commercial businesses -- Office 365, Windows 10, Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft AI -- with a focus on how the company is empowering people and organizations to succeed in a rapidly evolving workplace, and enabling customers to harness data, AI, hybrid and cloud technologies to evolve business process and innovate for the future.
"Digital technology is impacting all aspects of our society and economies, creating unprecedented opportunity for organizations of all sizes," said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "I'm optimistic and inspired by the ingenuity of customers, partners and developers everywhere that are pushing the frontiers of what's possible with mixed reality and artificial intelligence infused across Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Azure, to transform and have impact in the world."
Following 12 years of investment in its vision to create a scalable computer based on quantum physics, Microsoft announced on Monday the creation of a new programming language optimized for exploiting scalable quantum computers and deep integration of the programming language into Visual Studio, providing developers with debugging and other support and state-of-the-art simulators that can run locally or on Microsoft Azure. The tools will be available for free by year's end. Developers can join Microsoft's quantum community by signing up at www.microsoft.com/quantum.
Additional news and innovations include that Microsoft expanded Dynamics 365 with new AI solutions that transform critical enterprise scenarios and apps and services to help business users reinvent the processes they use every day.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI solutions are designed to tackle high-value, complex enterprise scenarios and tailor them to fit to existing processes, systems and data. The first solution includes an intelligent virtual agent for customer care, an intelligent assistant for customer service staff and conversation management tools, all powered by Microsoft AI. Furthermore, modular apps for Dynamics 365 are introduced to help customers quickly transform high-impact processes by integrating them with existing systems and augmenting them with workflow and insights from Dynamics 365, LinkedIn and Office 365. The first two modular apps, Attract and Onboard, will help companies recruit the most qualified candidates and ensure their success with personalized onboarding. Both will be available as part of Dynamics 365 for Talent later this year.
Finally, Microsoft presented deeper integration between PowerApps, Microsoft Flow and Office 365 and Dynamics 365 on its customer event. Now, any business user familiar with InfoPath forms, Access databases or SharePoint can build apps that extend and automate their business processes with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.