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SlideshowMicrosoft Ignite 2017: The View From the Show Floor
Scott Ferguson

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Microsoft Ignite -- For a few days this week, Microsoft detailed its vision of the future of enterprise IT, with a big emphasis on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, business applications, as well as what the company calls "mixed reality."

At his opening keynote at Ignite 2017, CEO Satya Nadella set the tone for the company: Emphasis on cloud, pushing the edge of other technologies and steady growth from the company's enterprise platforms. His book released at the show, Hit Refresh, explains how he has begun re-inventing the 40-year-old company.

It showed on-stage. Would Steve Ballmer sit for a detailed, 20-minute discussion of quantum computing with two physicists, a mathematician and a computer science PhD? The answer is: unlikely. (See Microsoft's Quantum Computing Efforts Come into Focus.)

The days of hammering Windows as the company's main product are done.

For his part, Nadella spent a lot of time emphasizing the company's Azure cloud, including its finally released Azure Stack, which offers enterprises a private version of Microsoft's public cloud. (See Microsoft Azure Stack, SQL Server 2017 Emphasize Hybrid Cloud.)

There was also lots of talk of AI and blending machine learning into almost every platform. (See Microsoft Serving a Slice of AI With Everything at Ignite.)

Down on the showroom floor, what Nadella and other executives talked about came into focus. Here's a quick recap of the week that was Ignite in Orlando.


Ignite 2017

(All images by Scott Ferguson for Enterprise Cloud News.)

— Scott Ferguson, Editor, Enterprise Cloud News. Follow him on Twitter @sferguson_LR.

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