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Microsoft Inspire 2021: Here Are Our 10 Biggest Takeaways

Following the two-day virtual partner conference, we’ve pulled together the 10 things that most caught our attention at Inspire 2021.

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Feeling Inspired?

As demand for cloud solutions continues to surge, Microsoft isn’t settling for just being a “good” partner to the 400,000 companies in its partner network—the cloud giant wants to be the best. During Microsoft’s Inspire 2021 partner conference this week, CEO Satya Nadella put it this way: “we want to be the best partner for our partners.”

Nadella and an array of other Microsoft executives used the virtual Inspire 2021 to offer substance in support of that pledge. Key themes of the conference included Microsoft’s increased investments to support partners, the debut of new partner-friendly programs and the launch of new cloud products and capabilities aimed at expanding channel opportunities. Among the areas of focus were Microsoft’s move to bring Windows into the cloud with Windows 365; efforts to raise awareness about advantages of its “holistic” security platform; and updates meant to take the Azure cloud platform and Microsoft marketplaces to the next level.

“We’re only successful if you are successful,” Nadella said, addressing partners during his keynote at Inspire. “That means creating new opportunity for you across every sector and every country.”

After attending numerous sessions, interviewing Microsoft executives and getting feedback from partners, we’ve rounded up the themes and developments that most caught our attention at the virtual Inspire this week. What follows are our 10 biggest takeaways from Microsoft Inspire 2021.

 
 
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