My biggest concern about new technology has been whether it is actually making us more productive, so I was pleased to see Microsoft putting a renewed emphasis on productivity at this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference. In his technical keynote, Corporate VP for Microsoft 365 Jared Spataro said Microsoft 365 was shifting from “convenient way to buy Windows, Office, and EMS” into “the world’s productivity cloud.” The company introduced a variety of new features within the Office 365 family, including everything from a new mobile Office app, Yammer community messaging added to teams, and new AI-inspired features in the core Office products, to an ambitious plan to convert data into knowledge called Project Cortex. Some of these features are available to everyone now, others will roll out over the next year, and some apply just to enterprise customers. The underlying technology that dominated the discussion of most of the new features was AI, and in particular, machine learning techniques. Spataro talked a lot about “everyday AI”—in other words, how Microsoft is building AI into many of its products that people will just use, rather than thinking about the AI. The New Office App and Outlook Changes The first demo of the… Read full this story
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