10 Major Microsoft Announcements At Inspire 2018
Kyle Alspach and Gina Narcisi
More Updates: Azure IoT, Power BI, Windows Server
Microsoft also unveiled updates to its Software-as-a-Service IoT solution, Azure IoT Central, which will introduce support for Power BI and Microsoft Flow as a way to enable visualization of real-time intelligence. Also, Cloud Solution Provider partners will now be able to include provisioning and management of Azure IoT Central applications in subscription offerings.
In other Power BI news, Microsoft said that Power Query will now be available for big data ingestion and integration in the Power BI web service. The capabilities will make it easier to connect and manage disparate data sources, and will be launching in preview in July.
Meanwhile, as support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 comes to an end in the next several years, Microsoft said it will provide a time extension with security updates for free to customers that are working to migrate the workloads to Azure.