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Tech Talk – Ignite Updates

For those who don’t know, Microsoft hosts its annual Ignite conference for developers, IT professionals, and Microsoft enthusiasts. Ignite is an enterprise application conference that focuses on improving and rolling out the cloud, data management, and business solutions. Also, some of the best Microsoft professionals shared their insights on emerging trends in the Microsoft industry.

Klarinet Solutions recently aired our November– Tech Talk. Matt Fishman, Director of Solutions Delivery, broke down some of the essential takeaways from Ignite.


Modern Managed Metadata

Microsoft is updating the taxonomy and managed metadata functionality. These features have not experienced change since their introduction in 2010. The current format’s interface looks pretty dated and presented a lot of browser compatibility issues.

Metadata are the tools we use to categorize information.” When you use SharePoint products, you can manage the metadata centrally. You can organize the metadata in a way that makes sense in your business and use the metadata to make it easier to find what you want” (Plumley, Mike, et al.). Interested in learning more about using metadata in SharePoint, check out this article from Microsoft’s blog.

Microsoft seeks to modernize these functionalities and make it become the basis for gathering, tagging, and categorizing content, which in turn will be leveraged by Project Cortex V1.

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Project Cortex V1

Microsoft released Project Cortex, the first new service in Microsoft 365 since the launch of Teams. Project Cortex is an AI platform that allows you to create a knowledge network that organizes all data, surfaces relevant content, and automatically transfers it across shared topics. This new service is creating a “universal consciousness” for your business.

According to Microsoft, “the service brings innovations in smart content ingestion, to analyze documents and create sophisticated content models; machine teaching, to allow subject matter experts to teach the system how to understand semi-structured content; and knowledge retrieval, to make it easy for people to access the valuable knowledge that’s so often locked away in documents, conversations, meetings, and videos” (Spataro, Jared).

The launch of Project Cortex will now relieve the stress of dealing with mass data. Also, it’ll improve business processes by finding, organizing, and utilizing data to make informative decisions.

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Modern SharePoint Home Sites for Web and Mobile

Home Sites for Web and Mobile are a newly announced feature in Modern SharePoint. They are highly innovative communication sites that can be used for the Home SharePoint site, whether that’s an intranet or an extranet. It has a lot of personalization features that enable you to see everything from tasks to upcoming events.

This update was announced at a SharePoint conference in July, and it is now rolling out to target release tenants. It is expected to be available to all tenants sometime in the first half of 2020.

Valo intranet customers are in luck! Valo is an official home site partner with Microsoft. They’ve been working directly with Microsoft to make sure home sites are compatible with Valo Modern home sites when they are released. Leveraging this feature means your home site will always be one click away in any Microsoft 365 web applications.

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Are you interested in learning more?

The Ignite Conference Road Map Slide Summary deck by Microsoft MVP, Susan Hanley, outlines the top things you need to know about the conference. Looking at Hanley’s slide deck, you will see other vital announcements on topics, such as Knowledge, Intelligent Intranet, SharePoint Team Collaborations, and Security and Compliance. The slide deck does an excellent job of putting together all the announcements and upcoming changes. Here’s the link to her site:


Klarinet Solutions specialize in optimizing your Microsoft 365 integration, implementing policies to secure your data, and developing a streamlined process that supports business objectives. If you want to hear the latest news, insightful hacks, or ways to leverage technology, contact us at 866.211.8191 or through email at



Hanley, Susan. “Microsoft Ignite 2019 Microsoft 365 Roadmap Slide Summary.” Office 365 Login, Nov. 2019,

Plumley, Mike, et al. “Introduction to Managed Metadata – SharePoint Online.” SharePoint Online | Microsoft Docs, 21 May 2018,

Spataro, Jared. “From New Microsoft Teams Experiences to the All-New Project Cortex-Here’s What’s Coming Soon to Microsoft 365.” Microsoft 365 Blog, Microsoft, 15 Nov. 2019,

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