Key updates from Microsoft Ignite

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | October 10th, 2017

Microsoft has just wrapped up another annual Ignite conference where it showcases all its latest technologies. It was a huge event attended by thousands in Orlando, Florida. There were announcements across all the Microsoft platforms but some stood out more than others.

OneDrive for Business

One of the major things we took away was the velocity that OneDrive for Business is gaining. With the upcoming availability of OneDrive File on Demand, we will see the end of the drama many have experienced when it comes to syncing files from the cloud to the desktop. This new technology will only pull down the files you need as you need them and then move them back to the cloud when you no longer need them. All of this will happen automatically , through a seamless experience for the user.

A new feature for OneDrive that is rolling out is the ability to roll back a group of files all at once. This has been in response to the growth of cryptolocker attacks which bulk encrypt files. OneDrive has always kept previous versions of files but typically only supported the ability to roll back individually. Now you’ll be able to select a range of files, as well as a point in time, to roll back to. All of this will be available from the web interface.

Sharing files from OneDrive for Business has been somewhat cumbersome if the recipients didn’t already have a Microsoft account. Microsoft has announced the ability to share information simply by using a PIN. The recipient receives an email with a unique PIN and this provides access to the information. The PIN can be set to expire or require renewal to ensure information is secured.

SharePoint

SharePoint also saw its share of announcements including the availability of hub sites which will allow you to easily pull together – with consistent navigation – all the SharePoint Team Sites you have in Office 365. Hub sites will provide you the flexibility to change and update the navigation as required, as well as bring a consistent look and feel to each of your sites.

Skype for Business

Microsoft also confirmed the rumours that Skype for Business is being rolled into Microsoft Teams. This means that all calling and meeting functionality will be rolled into the existing desktop client and the existing Skype for Business desktop application will be depreciated. Interestingly, Microsoft also announced that a new version of Office software (Office 2019) will be available in 2018 for on premises, including server versions for Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business.

More to come…

Of course, there are lots and lots of other announcements to come out of Ignite but these are the ones that are going to have the greatest impact for users going forward. Many of these changes will begin being rolled out and should be complete before the end of 2018 so we’ll continue to update you as we see these deploy.

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