Microsoft launches new security, AI features for businesses

Microsoft has unveiled a range of new security, cloud and intelligence-focused offerings for IT professionals at its annual Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta. In the area of security, the company announced that Windows Defender Application Guard is coming next year to Windows 10 Enterprise customers with a view to converting Microsoft Edge into the most secure browser for enterprise users. The product is powered by virtualisation-based security technology and uses isolated containers built directly into the hardware to prevent malicious code from moving across employee devices and the corporate network.

In addition, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection will be extended to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, while Outlook for iOS and Android is now fully powered by the Microsoft Cloud for Office 365 commercial users, supporting Exchange Online mailboxes natively so that no mailbox data is cached outside Office 365. The company is also launching Secure Productive Enterprise on 01 October, which offers the latest and most advanced security and productivity capabilities across Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

On the intelligence front, Microsoft is set to launch new skills for its personal assistant and AI agent Cortana, including health insights and reminders. Office 365 will also get new cloud-powered intelligent capabilities, including Tap in Word and Outlook, which uses the Microsoft Graph to make it easier to incorporate content from co-workers into company documents and emails. In addition, Quickstarter for PowerPoint and Sway will provide curated outlines for any topic, including text and images, that can be used as a starting point to build presentations.

In the cloud sphere, Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 will be generally available in October, with Microsoft promising that they’ll transform customers’ infrastructure to support future-ready cloud applications, while advances in cloud infrastructure provide a path toward what the company describes as “an AI supercomputer in the cloud”.


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