Microsoft Inspire 2022: What can we expect?

The tech giant unveiled a new contact center platform utilizing Nuance technology, updates to Teams and Viva, as well as a new partner program for companies with a focus on space.

The Microsoft partner program is undergoing significant change at the time of the partner-focused event. As a result of growing customer demand for cloud and collaborative technology, Microsoft partners have had to make organizational and technical adaptations.

Microsoft introduced contentious partner program modifications this year, such as a 20% premium on monthly subscriptions to Microsoft 365 and other well-liked software suites and a partner capability score to identify who is a “solutions partner.”


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What Microsoft Announced At Inspire 2022

Microsoft Digital Contact Center Platform

The freshly purchased voice-to-text company Nuance is integrated into the new service along with technologies from Teams, Azure, and other portfolio items.

Teams Connect Shared Channels

The Teams Connect Shared Channels feature is now broadly accessible thanks to Microsoft. In the fall, the IT behemoth had revealed a shared channels preview.

With this feature, Teams users may, in the words of the tech giant, “collaborate with individuals inside and outside your business in one shared area where everyone can work, talk, meet, share, co-author files, and develop apps together.”

Excel Live

Excel Live was unveiled by Microsoft at Inspire. Users of the Excel spreadsheet program can “collaborate on workbooks in real time in Teams meetings” thanks to this capability.

Collaboration on Video Clip and Annotations. Users can now capture, send, and watch brief videos in Teams chat thanks to the new video clip functionality.

Viva Goals

Beginning on August 1st, a new feature for the Microsoft Viva employee experience platform will be made generally accessible.

According to the software giant, Viva Goals is a goal-setting and management system that “aligns teams to your organization’s strategic priorities to deliver results.”

Viva Engage

Microsoft unveiled Viva Engage, a new Teams application.

In line with Microsoft’s assertion, Viva Engage “brings consumer-like social networking to the office, leveraging on the success of Yammer to develop community, spark engagement, and grow personal networks, right in the flow of work.”

Azure Migration And Modernization Program Updates

According to Microsoft, the Azure Migration and Modernization Program (AMMP) includes more than 500 partners across apps, data, and infrastructure.

The technology goliath made several announcements at Inspire, including up to 2.5 times larger incentives for Windows Server and SQL Server migrations, a new initiative for Microsoft sales organizations to locally distribute incentives for their areas and give partners more opportunities, updated best practices for the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure and Azure Well Architected Framework (WAF), and new Azure Migrate capabilities.

Microsoft says that one of the new Azure Migrate features is the ability for ISVs to incorporate their own intellectual property.

ISV Success Program

In order to assist independent software suppliers (ISVs) create apps and publish them to Microsoft’s commercial marketplace, Microsoft has added new advantages to its ISV Success Program. Additionally, Microsoft aims to announce industry designations for ISVs.

The program is currently under preview and will be widely accessible in the autumn. ISVs can access cloud sandboxes, developer tools, technical resources, business resources, and other services through the program.

According to Microsoft, participants have access to over $128,000 in software production-related benefits.

Azure Space Partner Community Launched

Using Inspire this week, Microsoft announced a special Azure Space Partner Community with unique access to technical support and scaling services. Azure Space was introduced by Microsoft in October 2020.

A few of the companies that make up the Space Partner Community are Nokia, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Airbus, SpaceX, and Kratos.

Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty

Microsoft utilized Inspire to introduce its government-focused Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty.

According to Microsoft, the objective is to enable public sector customers to create and change workloads in the Microsoft Cloud while adhering to compliance, security, and policy requirements. Customers benefit from the resilience, security, size, and capabilities of the cloud in addition to data control, localization, and transparency.

The news coincides with Microsoft’s investment in sector-specific cloud software and tool packages, including clouds for the manufacturing, nonprofit, and healthcare industries.

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