Top learnings from Microsoft Ignite 2018–Day 1

Here’s what caught my attention on Day 1 of Ignite 2018:

1. Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop gives you a Windows 7 or 10 desktop on Azure –

“Access Windows Virtual Desktop for free if you’re a Microsoft 365 E3, E5, or F1 customer or a Windows E3 or E5 customer—you only need to setup or use an Azure free account to quickly deploy and manage your virtualization environment. Pay only for the virtual machines you use and take advantage of options such as Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.”

2. File on demand for Mac

Try files on demand for Mac –

3. Microsoft Learn

Microsoft Learn –

4. OneDrive updates

Beginning later this year, automated transcription services will be natively available for video and audio files in OneDrive and SharePoint using the same AI technology available in Microsoft Stream. While viewing a video or listening to an audio file, a full transcript (improving both accessibility and search) will show directly.


Leverage intelligent search with the Microsoft Graph in OneDrive and SharePoint to find audio and video that contains specific words or phrases the same way you search across documents.


Use keywords found in transcribed audio and video can be used to kick off workflows in Microsoft Flow. For example, any content that contains a specific keyword can be copied to a marketing folder for that product.

“We are pleased to announce that you’ll soon be able to sync folders from multiple Office 365 tenants on both PC and Mac.” – From <>

5. Staffhub to be retired

Microsoft Staffhub to be retired –

6. A mobile app for Microsoft Stream is coming

Beginning in October, employees can watch videos on the go with the Stream mobile app for iOS and Android, with support for offline viewing. From <>

7. Azure SMB files just gets better

A new era for Azure files –

Today, we are pleased to announce the preview of Azure AD authentication for Azure Files SMB access. This feature allows the native preservation of Windows access control lists (ACLs) on Azure file shares. It also enables end users to access Azure file shares through an Azure AD Domain Services joined machine with Azure AD credentials.

Azure AD authentication for Azure SMB file access now in public preview –

8. New Azure exams

AZ-200 = Microsoft Azure Developer Core Solutions

AZ-201 = Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions

AZ-202 = Microsoft Azure Developer Certification Transition

9. New Office 365 (I suspect Microsoft 365) exam in March 2019



What will Day 2 bring?

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