Finally, during his demo highlighting the various capabilities of Windows 10, Microsoft vice president Joe Belfiore demonstrated the new biometric login features of Windows Hello and Passport working in tandem to log into Windows 10 devices after an eye scan that lasted seconds.
Belfiore’s demo also touched on Windows 10’s drag-and-drop functionality in multiple desktops, the Continuum feature for two-in-one devices, a look at the new Microsoft Edge browser, and updates to Cortana showing a new integration with Power BI for analyzing and answering questions about business data.
It all runs on Azure
As a cornerstone of Nadella’s Mobile First, Cloud First strategy, the Ignite keynote demonstrated features, services and integrations across the board with Microsoft’ Azure cloud platform.
The new Microsoft Azure Stack delivers Azure’s IaaS and PaaS services into data centers, including integrations with SQL Server, SharePoint and other enterprise applications. Azure Stack extends software-defined infrastructure to secure data-center environments, with features such as shielded VMs and guarded hosts for securely segmenting and controlling data workloads.
Anderson debuted Azure RemoteApp as well, giving employees access to existing deployments in IaaS from any device without the data ever being stored on the device. Microsoft also announced the general availability of Cloud App Discovery, a SaaS app service for Azure Active Directory.
The Ignite keynote also rolled out a new Windows Update strategy. Myerson explained that Windows Update in Windows 10 will have distribution rings for more gradual software rollouts, which means no more massive monthly updates. Windows 10 will also feature a new Windows Update for Business strategy, free for Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise devices.