Day 3 of Microsoft’s Inspire 2019 conference in Las Vegas got very cloud. But in a good way as we got to see the power of Azure in multiple vectors.

Azure stretched is muscles in Vegas, showing off lots of new capabilities, big partnerships and improvements. The day kicked off with some big news: AT&T and Microsoft announced they are creating a strategic alliance to innovate together in the cloud, AI and 5G.

“AT&T is becoming a “public cloud first” company by migrating most non-network workloads to the public cloud by 2024. That initiative will allow AT&T to focus on core network capabilities, accelerate innovation for its customers, and empower its workforce while optimizing costs”, the telecom said in a release.

As part of the agreement, AT&T will provide much of its workforce with robust cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools available with Microsoft 365. It also plans to migrate non-network infrastructure applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

“AT&T and Microsoft are among the most committed companies to fostering technology that serves people,” said John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications. “By working together on common efforts around 5G, the cloud, and AI, we will accelerate the speed of innovation and impact for our customers and our communities.”

Azure shows off

The company has been busy giving Azure more capabilities. Among them are the spatial anchors which also got a demo on stage with the new Minecraft Earth game.

“The combination of Azure Spatial Anchors, applications in Dynamics 365, a device like HoloLens 2, and any phone with an AR framework, can all come together to power this next generation of mixed-reality apps, and unlock an amazing opportunity for all of you”, Nadella said during his keynote.

Satya Nadella also addressed the main focuses of Microsoft in several areas:

“We continue to invest in technology partnerships to ensure Microsoft’s cloud is the best platform for our customers not only to access all their data, but to understand, process and act on that data to innovate. Microsoft’s open cloud approach has been demonstrated time and again. We continue to advance our Open Data Initiative with SAP and Adobe, including progress announced earlier this year empowers customers like Coke, Unilever, Walmart and HP to build data models that meet their enterprise needs”, writes Judson Althoff – Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business for Microsoft.

Things are getting Dynamics

The company also announced some new additions to the Cybersecurity Tech Accord. It’s also going on strong and expands even more.

And finally, Dynamics 365 got to showcase more of the Power Apps and new features. The company expects that over the next 5 year, there will be 500 million new apps.

“There is a new commercial opportunity that’s getting unlocked. It’s the mixed reality cloud. It’s the bridging of business process and any application across the boundaries of what’s virtual and what’s physical”, Nadella said on the stage of Inspire 2019.

Building more and more

“And we’re also building everything that we’re doing across Azure with openness. Windows and Linux are first class. Java and .NET are first class. SQL Server, Postgres are first class. Red Hat, VMware, Oracle–all of these applications and infrastructure can be first class on Azure. This doesn’t mean we don’t have a very opinionated view on what a modern application that is event-driven, serverless, could look like. We have a fantastic app model, with all the tool chains around it. But the thing that we’ve ensured is that this new-generation app model composes with everything that you’ve done in the past. That, to me, is the key of how we’re going to move tech intensity in every corporation, every company, every institution”, Nadella said during his keynote on Wednesday.

Also, don’t forget to check out our recap of Day 2 and Day 1.

If you want to meet Coursedot @ Inspire 2019, you can also contact our CEO Theodor Panayotov. Here is at the event all week and you can get in touch with him via his LinkedIn profile.

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