Microsoft WPC 2016 – Live from Toronto – Part 1

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Author: Guy Hocking

In what was a slightly tweaked agenda from usual, with 3 shorter keynotes over the 3 days, as opposed to 2 larger ones, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off the organisation’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto on Monday morning.


One thing now considered a given at the Microsoft WPC is that Nadella’s keynote will contain some subtle, hidden gems. Hosting his presentation at the massive Air Canada Centre (ACC) to a sell-out audience of over 16,000 partners, his speech on Monday did not disappoint.

It was the usual polished performance from the CEO, as partners were shown demonstrations of the latest in Microsoft AR technology (HoloLens) along with the announcement of some key partnerships.

Nadella made it clear that the main theme for this 3-day event would be digital transformation. While over 85 percent of the Fortune 500 is already using the Microsoft Cloud, Nadella explained that this digital transformation is going to affect all types of organisation, large and small.

He commented: “Every company going forward is going to be a digital company.”


During his keynote, Nadella was joined by several guests, most notably the CEO of General Electric (GE), Jeff Immelt, who introduced a partnership with Microsoft that makes GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet available on the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Predix on Azure will offer customers “the largest cloud footprint available today, along with data sovereignty, hybrid capabilities, and advanced developer and data services.”

Moreover, General Electric and Microsoft also announced the upcoming integration of Predix with Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite, Cortana Intelligence Suite and Microsoft business applications such as Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Power BI, which will make it possible to connect industrial data with business processes and analytics.


Satya also presented a further mind-blowing demonstration of HoloLens, which I streamed live on Facebook here:


HoloLens demo live at Microsoft World Partner Conference 2016 In Toronto

Posted by Guy Hocking on Monday, 11 July 2016

The demo showcased how Japan Airlines used the HoloLens augmented reality headset (or “mixed” as they referred to the blend of real and augmented reality) to develop two proof of concept programs, which provide training for engine mechanics and flight crew trainees who want to be promoted to co-pilot status.

Using the HoloLens, trainees will be able to see and interact with virtual cockpit devices and switches, while the headset will provide visual and voice guidance.

This year’s Worldwide Partner Conference is just getting started and Microsoft will have much more to share with us over the coming days. Stay tuned via this blog as well as my social media channels throughout the week.

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