Microsoft Ignite 2023: The Biggest News In Data, Cloud, Security – CRN

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Wade Tyler Millward

Microsoft Fabric, immersive Teams spaces and a unified platform of Microsoft Sentinel and Defender XDR were some of the biggest data, cloud and security news at Ignite 2023.

The general availability of Microsoft Fabric. Three-dimensional Teams spaces where users can roast marshmallows and throw beanbags. And a private preview for a unified security operations platform combining Microsoft Sentinel and Defender XDR—formerly known as Defender 365.

This is some of the biggest news in data, cloud and security to come out of the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant’s annual Ignite conference, being held in Seattle and online this week.

Some of the main themes for the conference included new Microsoft tools for developers, more access to cutting-edge technology including generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and mixed reality, and working more closely with rivals including Oracle and Amazon Web Services.

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Microsoft Ignite 2023 On Security, Cloud

Even though it is early days for the Fabric data analytics platform, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella revealed on the company’s latest quarterly earnings call that more than 16,000 customers actively use the platform, including more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500.

During Ignite, Microsoft also noted the opportunity for solution providers working with Fabric. Accenture and Capgemini have trained more than 4,200 individuals on the platform, according to the vendor.

For Teams, Nadella revealed that the collaboration application has more than 320 million monthly active users and its premium offering has more than 10,000 paid customers.

And for Sentinel, the CEO said that the cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) tool now has more than 25,000 customers with revenue surpassing a $1 billion annual run rate.

Read on for more of the biggest unveilings at Ignite 2023.


Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at


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