Microsoft Ignite 2021 social roundup, Day 1: Coffee, fun, and Teams galore

Microsoft Ignite social recap day 1

Microsoft Ignite is upon us—and like last time, is virtual-only. Day 1 kicked off with a variety of new features for Teams and other productivity tools, so we looked to social media to keep on top of all the news.

The Twitterverse was buzzing with excitement as people got ready for the first day of Microsoft Ignite 2021. Ignite is an important event on the ShareGate calendar, so we wanted to stay in tune with the community to see what they thought of the event. Here are a few of the highlights for what we found. 

Kicking it off with a coffee

What better way to start the day than with a boost of caffeine! We quickly found that attendees love their coffee as Heather Newman (@heddanewman) demonstrates her technique for morning java. 

While for some, coffee provides a much-needed boost to get into the swing of things, for others it’s the look that sets the tone for the day. Phil Erb (@PhilErb) isn’t afraid to make a statement with these incredible socks.

The future of Teams

Satya Nadella (@satyanadella), CEO of Microsoft, started his keynote with a reminder that the way we work will continue to change even after we recover from the pandemic. 

To help everyone keep up with the changes, Microsoft is continuing their focus on Teams. 

Microsoft is heavily focused on Teams, as was apparent from the beginning of the event. As the Microsoft Teams group (@MicrosoftTeams) reminded us, there is a free version, so virtually anyone with a computer and internet connection can meet with others. 

Along with their commitment to the platform, Microsoft has added new features to Teams. 

As a few people focused on their concerns via replies, the Teams Community was quick to respond, gathering information to better answer questions and resolve issues. 

Anne Michels (@Anne_Michels), Head of Microsoft Teams Free Marketing, showed us the new Presenter Mode. 

Digital Age Consultant, Jussi Sivonen (@jsivonen), agreed the new feature is a “game changer”. 

Anne also shared with us several more enhancements for Teams to improve the mobile experience. 

A lot of people loved the new Dynamic View, a new method of automatically rearranging the screen as events (i.e., people arriving, talking, etc.) occur in Teams. 

With all of these exciting enhancements by Microsoft, it leaves Schnella Schnyder (@schnella) wondering when she is going to find time to sleep. We hope you’re able to take a few naps between sessions, Schnella. 

One of the biggest areas of chatter in the Twitterverse though was the video about Microsoft Mesh where, “You actually feel like you’re in the same place”. 

It looks like amazing technology, and we can’t wait to try it out.

Work hard, play hard

It’s important to balance all that work with a little play. Check out this clip from Niclas Carlsson (@n_carlsson) really getting into the spirit of things.

Prakash Haridas (@prakashph) was dazzled by the virtual rendition of these Cirque du Soleil performers.

To top it off, attendees were invited to participate in a virtual dance party complete with bonfire.   

As you can see, the Twitterverse was abuzz with tweets about the Microsoft Ignite conference. The fully virtual conference continues to bring great value and insight, and Microsoft has even found a way to simulate the social aspects of the conference.

Microsoft’s vision for the future of distributed work is clear, with a strong focus on Teams, and some exciting advancements for the platform were presented.   

While many were impressed, there were also a few calls for areas of improvement. We can’t wait to see what we learn tomorrow! 

If you enjoyed this article, make sure to read our social roundup of Microsoft Ignite 2021 Day 2.

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