Microsoft Ignite 2023, a conference aimed at expanding the partner ecosystem, just came to a close. Key announcements have been summarized below:
- Enabling AI transformation through partner programs to build solutions for their clients has been the theme of the conference:
- Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Meta by launching Llama 2 on Azure and Windows.Launched Bing Chat Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Copilot for Enterprise Customers — the concept of Copilot is not limited to GitHub, the foundational building block has been extended to other products. Bing Chat Enterprise enables organizations to have an AI-powered chat similar to ChatGPT for work — reducing the need to create a complex chatbot capability.
Announced Microsoft Sales Copilot, which empowers sellers to increase productivity and personalize customer interactions by harnessing AI capabilities.
- Announced Azure AI updates strengthening partnership with OpenAI. Microsoft’s Azure AI Studio helps developers build their own AI copilots with capabilities such as prompt engineering with prompt flow, the ability to launch any model like Lllama 2, and more.
- Microsoft strengthening the vendor and partner ecosystem to build solutions together — empowering them to build capabilities for their clients in a collaborative way.
- Vector search capability has been announced to be fully integrated with Azure Cognitive Search to harness both vector and traditional search experiences in a unified way.
- Launched Power Automate Process Mining, leveraging the power of low-code with ease to optimize business processes, reduce costs, and run more efficient business operations.
The analogy of “building a house” goes a long way to sell the technology in a simple and effective way:
In conclusion, Microsoft has an advantage over its competitors thanks to its emphasis on expanding Azure Cloud, AI & Machine Learning, and associated cloud capabilities with the partner ecosystem.
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