Recently, at a SharePoint conference, Microsoft Showcased recent innovations in Microsoft 365. This includes SharePoint home sites. According to Microsoft Officials, the focus of these innovations is intelligent workspace, AI based workflows, better and engaging communication ways and bringing out best of creativity from individuals with the insights from AI.
In a nutshell, the conference proposed innovations in:
- SharePoint home sites, for an intelligent intranet
- Yammer and Yammer and Microsoft Stream, for better employee engagement
- OneDrive, for collaborative file sharing experience
- Microsoft 365 performance, for a better security and intelligent experience.
With these innovations, SharePoint offers better and world-class intranet, after Microsoft has re-invented three years ago in the Future of SharePoint event. The recent home sites can connect workplaces better, share relevant news and stories beneficial to employees for better productive with personalized content. There are also new capabilities introduced in Microsoft Stream like sharing, recording and uploading videos directly to Microsoft Stream from mobile app.
The field of cyber security has gained most popularity over the years pertaining to the high amount of cyber-attacks to origination in recent past. Microsoft has been eager in providing cyber defenders opportunities to defend in a better environment to benefit cloud based technologies. Earlier this year, Microsoft has introduced Microsoft Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Threat Experts for this purpose.
The idea is to support and power security teams while reducing false alarms, noise, time consuming tasks and complexity. Microsoft security experts are frequently called to rescue enterprise data and cloud environment that has become a victim of cyber-attacks. Enterprises still rely on Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools. Azure Sentinel is a native SIEM tool with AI embedded that helps to drastically reduce noise. Microsoft Threat Experts is a latest service within Windows Defender ATP. Using this service, Microsoft searches for any potential threats that can harm your systems and also prides on-demand expert service called “Ask a Threat Expert”.
Both these services are introduced to facilitate cyber defense services aiming to keep cloud systems more secure and smooth to run.
In a recent announcement from Microsoft, an enterprise-variant of the Ethereum blockchain, Quorum, is to be powered by Microsoft Azure. Earlier this month, J.P. Morgan and Microsoft Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to partner together in order to increase adoption of enterprise blockchain. With this announcement, Quorum, that is J.P. Morgan’s platform for enterprise blockchain will be officially the first distributed ledger platform utilizing Azure Blockchain service. In this way, both partners will be able to scale blockchain networks in the cloud. This partnership also highlights that both partners will continue to work together for development of common enterprise, independent software vendor along with addressing developer needs.
Microsoft executive vice president of Business Development, Peggy Johnson, said: “Together, we’re taking a truly transformative technology like Quorum and making it available through the Azure platform to accelerate innovation for our customers.”
Quorum will continue to power Microsoft blockchain programs and first-party apps along with J.P. Morgan.
With hacking techniques gaining popularity, it takes less than a week to guess a password by any hacker and the user is hacked. Corporate resources demand higher security pertaining to the sensitivity of the data and services of corporate sectors.
Microsoft introduces Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Password Protection for users so that they are safe from comply guessed passwords that lead with vulnerabilities. This feature prevents users from creating password that can be guessed easily. The feature is available for both cloud environments and hybrid environments.
The feature is easily configurable from the Active Directory Portal. Password protection can be configured from Authentication methods blade. Password protection is also enabled for Windows Server Active Directory. This feature can be enforced throughout the company and hence it will prevent employees to select commonly guessed passwords for their accounts related to the company and ensure protection from hackers who try to intrude using password guessing technique.
Digital Ecosystems rapidly became a multi-billion dollar industry. Last year Hyperscalers invested over $120 billion in Digital Ecosystem platforms. Disruptive innovations provide simpler or more elegant solutions to existing problems, enabled by new technology and often at a lower cost. Many businesses recognizes the limitations of their existing platform while exploring opportunities that tap into emerging technologies and new delivery models who will have the best chance of thriving in the fast-approaching disruptive future. Collaborative Ecosystems should exponentially elevate the value it creates and deliver. They will revolutionize business for some time to come.
Hyperscalers such as Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and others are gearing up for battle. Misleading information is convincing businesses to migrate to these platforms without understanding the long-term impact and liabilities. Moreover, entire industries are making decisions based on studies and reports, influenced by the very same Hyperscalers. Many businesses think if they do not keep up they will eventually fail.
Client Operating System
Dominating Digital Ecosystems will require an even more dominating end-user Operating System. The end game is controlling the entire value chain in addition to recurrent subscription lock-in, and preventing you the customer from ever migrating. In other words, easy to get in but difficult to get out.
It should not be a surprise that medium to large size Enterprises are having great difficulties adapting to Digital Ecosystems. Migration could be risky, complicated and expensive or just simply impossible. There are no standards or unification between competitive Digital Ecosystem platforms. Migrating from a Digital Ecosystem might not be possible without starting over again and paying a hefty fine.
I have witnessed the destruction of privacy and the disruptive (dead-end) transition of the hosting industry. Next in line are Channel Partners, ISV’s and OEM’s. Overall, I am unpleasantly surprised businesses and governments ignore the risks by surrendering sensitive data to these Hyperscalers. It is time for new legislation to reveal the true intentions of those trying to dominate our digital world. If you think they are on your side think again!
Too Big to Fail
Eventually Hyperscalers will become too big to fail. If governments fail to regulate them, it will expose us to a global economic and systemic meltdown.
What led to today’s success will ultimately lead to tomorrow’s failure
Workplace transformation is the need of the today’s cloud business space as businesses continue to evolve. Microsoft has taken one big leap for further enhancement of Office 365 virtualization and has announced acquisition of FSLogix. The company, FSLogix’s virtualization advancements make it a next-gen app portioning platform. According to experts form Microsoft, the company plans to enhance virtualization experiences of companies from large enterprises to small businesses. It also works to reduce work load, resource consumption, labor and time.
With this news, Microsoft’s products like Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop and Office 365 virtualization experience and Office 365 ProPlus experience. Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is the only Microsoft 365 to provide customers with a modern desktop experience. It also offers built-in security and compliance. With the acquisition of FSLogix, we can expect lesser load times of user profiles in OneDrive and Outlook. In addition to this, Office 365 ProPlus experience in a multi-user virtual environment shall be improved too.
The future of virtual workspace is promising as Microsoft is eager to facilitate the customers and cloud business providers in every possible manner.
OMS portal has now moved to popular Azure Portal and Yet again Microsoft has sent the final reminder. Since last year, the capabilities offered by Operations Management Suite (OMS) like monitoring, management, and security have eventually are incorporated into Azure portal. In this way, the azure portal has seen many enhancements since the past 12 months. These new features and capabilities are making the Azure portal more popular.
It is a fact that Microsoft had plans to fully replace the OMS portal with Azure Portal since many years but this year, this is finally accomplished. All the features provided to customers through the OMS portal are now there in the Azure portal. Hence it is high time that you switch to Popular Azure portal.
Microsoft has provided detailed documentation regarding how to move to the Azure portal in its quite comprehensive documentation. There is new alert management experience, user access management is done through role-based access control, and cross workspace queries replace the Application Insights Connector. The OMS app for smartphones is being deprecated altogether.
Microsoft is taking huge leaps towards the contribution in the IoT platform security. This is because the massive growth in building intelligent devices is observed since past few years and with this rate of development a huge adoption of interconnected devices shall be observed 10 years from now.
For IoT security, Microsoft has announced two major advancements:
- Azure Sphere: it is a solution for the security of nextGen IoT devices at an intelligent edge. It includes three major components that work together for security of these devices. These include
a. Azure Sphere-certified MCUs
b. The Azure Sphere OS
c. The Azure Sphere Security Service
- Security Maturity Model: This framework is proposed in order to integrate security into systems for long-term benefits. This gives IoT platform security providers a sustainable approach towards addressing IoT issues. This model is being built in partnership with and is based on Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) previously Microsoft’s “Seven Properties of Highly Secure Devices”.
GitHub is now a Microsoft Development platform. Previously, it has been a development promoting platform for a long time and developers rely on this open source service for their development oriented tasks. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it will be acquiring GitHub for 7.5 billion USD. Quite recently, Microsoft revealed that it has made the whole process of acquisition complete.
Microsoft explains that it is its vision to support and help developers and acquiring GitHub is a part of implementing this vision. GitHub will continue to run as an independent business. Not only this is a large repository, it is a popular resource for developers and organizations for documenting and hosting code. The core idea of GitHub is not turning into Microsoft, but more of getting insights to the current developer trends going around outside of traditional Microsoft technologies. Not only it will help the company grow with these insights so as to make developers facilitate from their technologies, it will also help Microsoft towards providing a better Microsoft Development platform in future.
Microsoft has now introduced more flexibility with Azure: open source systems are now supported. Partners have broader choices in the cloud which enable them for better investment opportunities. IaaS is now available on Linux, PHP web application platform and not to forget Java!
Not only this commitment with open source platforms extent options for providers, it also opens doors for a diverse team of developers to engage with Microsoft products and platform. They can complement their development works with Azure and get more value out of Microsoft products. Azure Active Directory can be used to augment open source apps with identity management and access management. Moreover SharePoint sites can be connected to PHP portals. Hence the apps ecosystem will continue to evolve with this step of Microsoft making “open source” a part of Microsoft everyday cloud innovation approach.