Despite leaving the doors with a relatively anti-partner position in software licensing, Microsoft used its Inspire 2019 conference to reinforce this year's new features and partner support for the various products it is seeking to embolden resellers such as Azure Lighthouse, the expansion of the Intelligent Security Association program, the new ISV Connect applications and more.
During the opening day, several Microsoft executives talked about how partners can take advantage of new monetization models, rewards programs for partners that publish software and SaaS services created in a cloud more than Microsoft, including Microsoft 365 , Dynamics 365 Power Platform and of course Azure.
Speaking of Azure, there are new AI programs that partners can take advantage of, such as Microsoft's AI for Cultural Heritage that is part of the AI for Good program, which is used to help preserve and celebrate people, languages, places and artifacts. historical sites around the world.
This year, new Cloud Adoption frameworks were introduced in Inspire that should greatly benefit the partners that need to guide customers through their transition to the cloud. Going one step further, Microsoft is also providing an Acclerate program that partners can choose if they want to create and bring their own AI solutions to market faster, which will take advantage of Azure machine learning, Knowledge Mining and other applications. and AI agents.
Microsoft executives also spoke about the availability of a new open source Quantum developer kit and an Azure Kinect developer kit.
Perhaps, the most important news of Inspire 2019 for the casual participant was the milestone that Microsoft teams reached for daily active users. The company was proud to announce that the Teams had just crossed the mark of 13 million active daily users.
After just over two years in the market, Microsoft Teams now have 13 million active daily users (DAU) and 19 million active weekly users (WAU). In addition, teams are now also available in 52 languages in 181 markets, allowing a global workforce. Some of the most successful and innovative companies in the world are now using Equipment, including the Adecco Group, Lexmark, KONE and McCann Worldgroup.
Not only is a great score for the Teams reaching 13 million, but today it is also the first time that Microsoft releases numbers of daily and weekly active users. We'll see if the trend continues. There were other news related to the Teams that include new features of prioritization in the platform, as well as the integration of contact center solutions in Teams and a test of the Microsoft Teams led by partners.
Finally, some references were included to the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy, which helps train and make the transition. Members and Veterans of the United States Service have reached 14 locations in North America.
The continued expansion of the Military Affairs Hiring Partner program will ensure that MSSA can achieve its goal of graduating 1,000 participants per year, helping to transform the face of the IT industry.
There seems to be a lot to be removed from this year's Inspire conference, as the biggest line is Microsoft's continued expansion of most of its existing projects as it moves forward with its momentum for partners to drive their services in the Azure cloud. as the backbone of most of your projects. However, current and new technologies, however, with the new rules for licensing, will be interesting to see how efficient their partners become with new software and programs.
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