Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Windows at Microsoft Ignite: November 2021

Welcome to your guide to all things Windows at Microsoft Ignite, November 2-4, 2021!

Short on time? Jump straight to:  Core sessions | Interactive experiences | Foundational skills | Depth on demand | Related sessions | Windows Office Hours | Additional resources

Windows 11 is designed to support hybrid work, to protect from the chip to the cloud, and to enable you—the IT pro—to provide productive, collaborative experiences for your end users. Whether you are preparing to roll out Windows 11 across your organization or looking for proven tips to help you more easily manage all your Windows devices, we have a lot in store for you at Microsoft Ignite next week!

Click on the session names below to add them to your schedule (or digital "backpack")—then bookmark this post as we'll be updating it each day with links to all our announcements, depth on demand sessions, and post-conference activities.

There is a lot happening around Windows at Microsoft Ignite so let's dive in!

Core sessions

Live programming

Agile, collaborative, secure: Why adopt Windows 11 today
Tuesday, November 2  |  11:30AM PT  |  Aidan Marcuss, Wangui McKelvey
Windows CVP Aidan Marcuss and Microsoft 365 GM Wangui McKelvey are kicking off day one with a tour of the value Windows 11 offers commercial organizations today—and a peek at upcoming investments. We'll have live Q&A throughout this session so this is a great chance to get a primer on Windows 11 before you jump into more in-depth content!

Plan to stay tuned in to the main channel? Between all the keynotes and breakouts, see if you can catch two very special segments featuring Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. One is a fun, fast-paced conversation on Windows 11 and hybrid work with Wangui McKelvey. The other is a thoughtful, enthusiastic discussion about designing an inclusive Windows 11 for a hybrid world with Chief Accessibility Officer Jennie Lay-Flurrie. These are a great way to hear directly from important leaders at Microsoft!

On demand

Windows 11: The 11 things every organization should know
John Cable, Namrata Bachwani, Adi Hariharan, Aria Carley, Alice Tang, Mabel Gomes, Navnith Ramkrishnan, Joe Lurie, Zach Dvorak, Rachelle Cheung, Alec Oot, Aleks Lopez

The engineers who convert your feedback into real-world features take you on an energetic, fast-paced run the critical elements in Windows 11 for IT pros and the commercial organizations they support. Let's keep building the next generation of Windows together!

Windows 365: Windows in the cloud for hybrid work
Scott Manchester, Melissa Grant

Explore Windows 365 and see the latest enhancements since general availability in August. From supporting Windows 11 adoption to integrations with Microsoft Endpoint Manager, we're talking about features, use cases, and everything else we can fit in 30 minutes!

Reducing security risks in the hybrid workplace with Windows 11 and Surface
Chitra Gopalakrishnan, David Weston, Mark Schreffler, Ramya Chitrakar

Join security experts from across Microsoft to discover how Windows-enhanced, out-of-box security settings pre-installed on Surface devices enable you to reduce security risks by 60% without having to change a single setting.

Interactive experiences

Ask the Experts

Adopting Windows 11. Supporting Windows 10. Rolling out Windows 365 Cloud PCs. Deploying updates. Moving from on-premises to cloud attach. Migrating to Microsoft Edge and supporting legacy apps. We've got a wide range of experts so join us with your questions!

Product roundtables

While we miss all the side meetings and booth discussions of an in-person event, we are excited to be able to offer smaller, one-hour interactive sessions that give you the floor. Tell us about your experiences. What’s working well? What’s not? Let's have a real discussion and join together to make the products and services you use work better for your needs and environments. Space is limited, but there is still room available in a few sessions. "Nominate" yourself today!

Full, but we're working on a second date and time:

New this year! Conversations in AltspaceVR

Come join us for an immersive experience in AltspaceVR! You'll have the opportunity to meet with Microsoft MVPs and other peers to engage in conversations about Windows update management, setting up and repurposing managed devices, and security and compliance. Mix and mingle as you share your challenges, successes, and best practices with Windows. RSVP to save your spot!


Foundational skills

If you're new to Windows device and update management, we've organized some skill-building sessions to help you feel knowledgeable and comfortable with your newfound powers. :smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Intro to Tech Skills: Manage Windows updates in the cloud
Wednesday, November 3  |  9:30AM PT  |  Julie Andreacola
Get the knowledge you need to simplify update deployment by leveraging the cloud to manage Windows feature updates and monthly quality updates across your organization. Managing which updates are offered, using compliance deadlines, ensuring a good end-user experience—we’ll help you update like a pro!

The Blueprint Files: Managing Windows updates in the cloud
Wednesday, November 3  |  11:30AM PT  |  Aria Carley
Take a look at the big picture, dig into what role the client plays in both Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and cloud update management, then explore key differences in how you manage Windows updates on-premises and in the cloud.

Windows on Microsoft Learn
If prescriptive learning and exam preparation is what you're looking for, bookmark these topics to get you up-to-speed:

We'll also be publishing a new learning path on November 2, 2021 to help you manage Windows updates for cloud-connected devices by using the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK. Check back here for a link!

Depth on demand

To help you further build your technical skills and knowledge, we will have sessions offering deep dives and demos in the Video Hub on Tech Community—direct from our engineering and product teams! Here's a look at what's in store:

  • Understanding Windows 11 deployment, management, servicing & lifecycle
  • Windows 11: Powerful commercial security from chip to cloud
  • Getting to Windows 11 with Windows Update for Business
  • Cloud attach today, cloud manage now
  • Drivers and firmware: Windows Update for Business Deployment Service
  • Windows 11 cumulative update improvements
  • Analyzing upgrade failures and blocks
  • Windows 11 application confidence with Test Base and App Assure
  • Enable your hybrid work scenarios with Windows 365 Enterprise
  • Windows 365 Business: Hybrid work for your small business
  • Experience new, fast end-user updates with Windows 365 and Windows 11
  • Getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise
  • How Microsoft Partners are adding value and extending the reach of Windows 365
  • What’s new with Universal Print in Windows 11
  • Universal Print integration with Microsoft 365
  • Update to Azure Stack HCI, version 21H2 using a new update experience
  • Automation from the desktop in Windows 11 with Power Automate

Note: Links to these great sessions will be available after the keynotes conclude on day one.

Related sessions

The world of Windows is broader than just Windows. Check out these additional Microsoft Ignite sessions to get up to speed on the latest with Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Microsoft Edge, and Surface!


Windows Office Hours

After Microsoft Ignite is over—and you've had a chance to catch up on demand—you may have questions. You're in luck! Many of the speakers and experts supporting Windows at Ignite also support our monthly Windows Office Hours every third Thursday on the Tech Community.

Additional resources

Follow us at @MSWindowsITPro for announcements and updates throughout Microsoft Ignite—and to stay up to date with the latest resources, tips, and information for IT pros working in the Windows ecosystem.


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