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Microsoft Ignite fall: What to expect at this free 3-day virtual event

Microsoft kicks off its fall Ignite event on Nov. 2, its second Ignite of 2021. Like recent Ignite events, this one is all digital and free to attend. The event will offer tips and expert advice on a wide range of Microsoft products, including Microsoft 365, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and Windows 11. At its first 2021 Ignite event in March, Microsoft unveiled several new products and features along with an update on Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Ignite fall event: Hybrid work in the spotlight

If there is one connecting topic for the Ignite fall event, it is hybrid work. Microsoft calls hybrid work “the new operating model, spanning people, places, and processes.” Its importance to Microsoft  —  and, of course, IT admins — was cited by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who said, “Hybrid work represents the biggest shift to how we work in our generation.”

Ignite features four central themes, and each will offer workshops, live Q&As with experts, training sessions, and networking opportunities for IT pros. The themes are:

  • Empower everyone for a new world of hybrid work.
  • Innovate anywhere from multicloud to edge.
  • Reimagine a new era of business.
  • Protect everything with end-to-end security.

Keynotes and sessions galore

The Microsoft Ignite fall event will feature 12 keynote addresses, 393 overall sessions, 50 breakout sessions, and 123 on-demand sessions. If that’s not enough, there will also be a post-Ignite event where Microsoft experts will answer your questions. With the sheer number of choices available, it’s a good idea to check out Microsoft’s Ignite fall session catalog, where you can use filters to find the ones that suit you.

Among the breakout sessions (all times are Pacific Daylight Time):

  • Microsoft Teams: Thrive with hybrid work (Nov. 2, 12:30-1:00 p.m.)
  • Microsoft Viva: Latest innovation and roadmap for the new digital employee experience (Nov. 2, 3:30-4 p.m.)
  • Microsoft Office: The universal interactive canvas for all creators (Nov. 3, 9:30-10 a.m.)

While past Ignite events were often developer-centric, recent Ignites —  as is the case with the fall event  —  will have actionable information for all IT pros. “It is for anyone who is motivated to be on the frontier of innovation and tech,” said Mark Kashman, Microsoft senior product manager.

In addition to all the sessions and keynotes, Kashman says to expect “interactive engagements and immersive, interactive experiences and skill-boosting.”

How to register

To register for the Microsoft fall Ignite event and check the agenda for each day, go to the Microsoft Ignite home page.

Peter King

Peter King has been Managing Editor at TechGenix since July 2016. As a technology editor, reporter, and columnist, he has worked at some of the biggest U.S. newspapers and technology magazines, directing coverage of breaking news stories and steering award-winning projects from conception to publication. As a professor of Journalism at Hofstra University in New York, he has taught and inspired the next generation of journalists.

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