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5 Microsoft Teams sessions not to miss at Microsoft Ignite 2021 November 2-4


Microsoft Ignite is just around the corner now. Again all online this year and free to attend, if you are in the Microsoft space it’s an event not to miss.

I’m excited to be facilitating a hybrid working round table (now fully booked sorry!). I’ll also be following all the sessions and news and will do a roundup blog post with all the key news, so be sure to subscribe for all the important updates.

This year Microsoft Ignite features four curated themes:

  • Empower everyone for a new world of hybrid work
  • Innovate anywhere from multi-cloud to edge
  • Build a hyperconnected business
  • Protect everything with end-to-end security

My primary interest is of course the hybrid work theme, it feels like it’s the conversation I’m having with all organisations right now, but also security and the new challenges with security in a hybrid workforce is really important.

You should also check out

  • Learning Zone, focused on the skills you need and exams you might want to take with expert-guided sessions, step-by-step modules, certification details, and more
  • Connection Zone, where you can meet with people across Microsoft, sales, partner and technical and get your questions answered
  • Create Zone, where you can create animated selfies, express your point of view, and spark conversations in the #MSIgnite community with shareable content of all kinds.

There will be many great sessions across the whole Microsoft technology stack, here are my top 5 for Microsoft Teams

Empower everyone for a new world of hybrid workJared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365

Tuesday, November 2 | 5:55 PM – 6:20 PM Eastern European Standard Time | Duration 25 minutes

The latest insights on the future of work, along with a showcase of product innovations designed to help Microsoft customers adapt and thrive in a new era of flexible work.


Microsoft Teams: Thrive with hybrid work, Nicole Herskowitz, General Manager – Microsoft Teams & M365 Platform

Tuesday, November 2 | 9:30 PM – 10:00 PM Eastern European Standard Time | Duration 30 minutes

A session that explores the upcoming landscape for Microsoft Teams, as we outline why Microsoft Teams is the place to be for hybrid work.


Enabling inclusive hybrid meetings with Microsoft Teams and Teams devices, Ilya Bukshteyn, Caroline Stanford, Amber Waisanen


The shift to remote work is one of the most significant changes in work culture since the Industrial Revolution. In the complex world of hybrid work, it will be challenging to ensure people can meet from anywhere without compromise and continue to feel included. In this session, we will share some of the latest features coming to Microsoft Teams, Teams devices (including Surface Hub), and Microsoft 365 designed to support the diverse needs and work styles of employees.


Seamless external collaboration with Microsoft Teams Connect, shared channels, Arus Das, Roshin Lal Ramesan


Collaboration with external partners is part of our day-to-day routine. Microsoft Teams Connect helps ease and streamline external collaboration to get faster results and strengthen relationships with partners. With shared channels, you will be able to create a shared workspace for internal and external stakeholders, right from your Teams account. Come join us for a deep dive on shared channels. Get an update on the new capabilities and experiences the team is working on.


What’s new in Microsoft Teams management and security, Ronit Ben Sheffer, John Gruszczyk


We will be sharing some of the latest updates across Teams management and security, including several new capabilities that can help you better manage and protect your Teams collaboration environment.

There are many other sessions include, including Teams Phone, Teams bots, Viva Roadmap Azure Communication Services and more in the session schedule.

About the author

Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.

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