Microsoft Ignite 2017 wraps up with new Windows Insider program for business

Microsoft Ignite 2017 wraps up with new Windows Insider program for business

Matt Blowes February 17, 2017 Cloud Services, IT Trends

Microsoft have announced a new Windows Insider program aimed squarely at businesses and IT professionals at the annual Ignite developer conference on the Gold Coast.

The Windows Insider Program for IT Pros tackles the long-standing issue of updates creating issues with existing setups. The new program is trying to easily enable IT pros to anticipate compatibility issues with Windows 10 before updates go mainstream. Allowing businesses to always have an up-to-date copy of Windows.

The details of the program were light but Microsoft promises more information will be available over the coming months. IT pros and businesses can keep in-the-loop by pre-registering for the program here.

Amazon looms large over the Australian retail landscape

Amazon's anticipated push into Australia this year has managed to take some of the limelight at this year's Ignite conference. 

Business Insider reports supermarket giant Woolworths has removed their on-premises infrastructure and transitioned to Microsoft Azure. The move was completed prior to the Christmas period last year. 

Woolworths were quick to point out that matching the expected uptime and volume demands over the holiday was too big of an ask internally. Leading them towards Windows Azure and a few added benefits.

"Whilst infrastructure is a key component of our customer offering – it’s not the area that provides us with our competitive advantage. By using Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure and tools, more of our teams’ energy and time can be focussed on the areas that do – whether they be the application layer, system performance or user experience. This is possible because we are confident Azure is handling our day to day needs without requiring direct intervention from us." - Sujeet Rana, GM Customer Technology, Woolworths Group


Ignite stands out in the Microsoft calendar year. Less as an event for major hardware or software launches, but more for a conference that brings developers together. It provides an opportunity for developers to meet others in the field, see the latest trends and learn from projects based around the globe.

This year's event has focussed on Azure as Microsoft tries to break further into the Australian-hosted cloud market. Microsoft isn't just spouting puff, the company is planning on moving 90% of it's internal IT infrastructure into Azure too. 

Going forward, developers can look to further news about the new Insider program and soon the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update. 

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