Microsoft Ignite 2019 Highlight Notes


Not sure the value to others of this, but I've been using these tidbits in a number of interviews and talks I've been doing coming out of Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando last week.  Sorry about the lack of links, but it at least gives you some sound bits to search on and learn more about.

Stats and Sounds Bits

  • 100M MAU in the cloud
  • 100 GB files
    • Delta file sync for all files
  • Microsoft is the top right leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for collaboration
  • Groups usage more than doubled in the last year
  • 9M guests provisioned through groups
  • Actionable emails cut group approval response time from 21 to 2 hours
  • Site URL rename
  • Replace root site
  • Flow is becoming Power Automate

Project Cortex

  • Automatically organizes your content
  • Delivers innovative experiences—topic cards, topic pages and knowledge centers—in Office, Outlook and Microsoft Teams


  • Acronym, semantic, and floor plan search
  • Content connectors for external content

Intelligent Intranet

  • Home sites GA
  • Multi-lingual SharePoint pages
  • Change tracking
  • Page scheduling
  • New
  • Royalty free stock photography - PowerPoint and SharePoint
  • New SharePoint UX built on Fluent


  • Native SharePoint document experience in Teams
  • Background blur now also has background replace
  • Voice enhancement powered by AI - also in Streams
  • Task integration across Teams, Planner, and To-Do
  • Move conversations between Teams and Outlook seamlessly
  • Live captions - multilingual
  • Interops to other vendors like Cisco WebEx
  • Managed meeting rooms
  • Pop out chats
  • Support for physical whiteboards

Office App Updates

  • Daily briefing emails
  • Play My Emails - Commute mode
  • Comments in Word
    • @@tags to tag people
    • Can assign a task
    • Reply in Outlook to update the Word comment
  • Sheet views in Excel
    • Private view with filtering and sorting against the same sheet
  • Office mobile app
    • Combines Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Mobile content creations
      • Take a picture of a table and convert to Excel
      • Build a slide with design
    • Edit and sign PDFs in OneDrive
  • Common file picker in mobile Outlook
  • Office scripts in Excel Online - JavaScript not VBA
  • SPFx for Office add-ins

Document Collaboration

  • Document library focus mode
  • UI for conditional formatting
  • Card view
  • Custom PowerApps forms on document libraries
  • Teamify from SharePoint - pick your tab resources
  • Modern term store - includes analytics


  • Microsoft just acquired Mover - cloud to cloud migration
  • Making it a free service
  • On prem migration - orchestration of multiple machines for large file share migrations


  • First new Fluent designed app
  • Consistent coauthoring experience across all platforms
  • Teams and Outlook integration
  • AI driven conversation feed

Here are links to some of the items above, as well as the Ignite keynotes and sessions from which they were shared:

 Also check out these two Extranet User Manager Ignite 2019 recap sessions:

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