Microsoft Tech Summit 2018

By James Cook

9 February 2018
4 mins read

The world of technology moves so quickly these days that even when you are in the industry, you are constantly playing catchup with the new innovations and possibilities.

Bryan and I took the opportunity last week to attend Microsoft Tech Summit in Birmingham to see what Microsoft has been up to in the last six months. We are always on the lookout for things that make our lives easier or that will provide opportunities for our customers’ businesses; there is something very satisfying about being sat in a presentation and thinking, that could help many of our customers.

microsoft tech summitKey takeaways

Microsoft Teams

Whilst we already use Microsoft Teams daily, it was really interesting to get a good idea at how it is architected under the hood. This product is a clear example of how Microsoft has changed. Gone are the days of one giant complicated application and replaced with a whole bunch of ever-evolving microservices. One of the interesting things is that the client application actually talks to the separate services meaning that, to a large extent, key components are decoupled, hopefully leading to a more resilient application. The voice component of Teams is slowly being released to end users and is based around the next generation Skype core. In reality, Teams is more of a reimagining of existing MS technologies into a digital hub which I think draws their whole productivity suite together.
There are some people that think Teams isn’t as good as Slack yet, but with the sheer pace of updates based on user feedback, I don’t think it will be long before it is.

Open source/ness

One of the things that I was amazed by was the number of MS employees that did so many of their talks/demos using a Mac as part of it. This would have been unheard of 5 years ago and goes to show how different a company it is. As part of this was the discussion around SQL server 2017 running from Linux containers on Azure, which seems incredible but there we are. One of the key takeaways for me was how much time and effort has been put into the tooling such as Visual Studio Code. This is a great application and it has now got really great integration into Azure and to allow you debug almost anywhere.


Microsoft puts security at the heart of all their technology, they are particularly focused on GDPR at the moment, ensuring Office 365 is complaint and offers customers the tools they need to be GDPR compliant themselves.

They demonstrated their Compliance Manager tool, basically a step by step guide to identify all the steps you need to take to become GDPR compliant with great reporting and guidance built in.

microsoft tech summit

The day was insightful and it’s great to see where Microsoft envisions themselves in the next year.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we can help you make the most of your Microsoft products. So if you'd like a hand with becoming GDPR compliant of Office 365 support, then reach out by calling us on 0117 933 0570 or you can use our contact form.

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