Tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM I will board a train for a seven-hour journey from my home in Leipzig in Saxony, Germany to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I will attend the Microsoft Tech Summit Amsterdam, keenly awaiting it because this time, one of the main topics and subject for the keynote is something I am very interested in: Microsoft 365.
By the way, before anyone posts a comment asking why I make a seven-hour train trip instead of flying, there’s a good reason. I suffer from something called Ménière’s disease, an inner ear problem that causes extreme balance issues and because of that, makes me overly sensitive for pressure changes. Over the past four years I’ve lost some 200K+ air miles in Lufthansa and Finnair through their expiration, because of my inability to fly at the moment.
OK, sorry for the off topic remark above.
Lori Wright, General Manager of Microsoft Teams and Skype Marketing (LinkedIn profile) will deliver the Keynote on Wednesday morning. Her topic will be “Create a modern workplace with Microsoft 365“. The advance information available that describes her Wednesday speech reads as follows:
The workplace is transforming – from changing employee expectations, to more diverse and globally distributed teams, to an increasingly complex threat landscape. Today’s IT professionals are at the center of this transformation — embedded in the business, leading the conversation, architecting solutions. For IT, that means being a catalyst for this change, evolving how you think about the tools you deliver for your organization. Microsoft 365 integrates the best across Windows 10, Office 365, and EMS into a complete, intelligent, and secure solution to empower employees. Learn how you can take advantage of the latest tools to simplify management and deliver up-to-date security, while enabling a modern workplace for your users.
I am a fan of Microsoft 365. Some three years ago I posted on TenForums.com that if Microsoft would ever release Windows as a subscription, I would subscribe on Day One. Back then I was talking as a private person, expressing my wishes and hopes to get the Windows operating system as a subscription product. Now having tested MS 365 in corporate environments, I can only say that it is super! Windows 10, Office, Enterprise Mobility and Security suite in one subscription.
I do not believe I am alone in this thought: In fact, I feel that we are moving into a new era, the time of on-premises local domain controllers and local domains is coming to an end and we are now moving towards Azure AD and a subscription-based “domain join” for all employees using Microsoft 365.
I will post about my trip to Microsoft Tech Summit Amsterdam 2018 on a daily basis. Stay Tuned! I hope to learn — and share — lots of interesting and useful information.
Author: Kari Finn
A Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.