Gurdeep Singh Pall: Ignite 2015

Remarks by Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president, Information Platform & Experience, on May 4, 2015.

ANNOUNCER:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Corporate Vice President Gurdeep Singh Pall.


GURDEEP SINGH PALL:  Good morning.  It’s great to be here talking to you.  You heard Joe show us some more personal computing with Windows 10.  It’s absolutely fantastic, very, very exciting.  I’m going to talk to you about reinventing productivity.

Now Satya started by saying that the world has changed.  Yes, the world has changed, and it’s changing faster and faster.  Technology is the single most important reason that the world is changing.  I remember, it just feels like yesterday, a little over 20 years I was a developer working on building the TCP/IP protocol to work over slow networks inside Windows.  And the Internet had not yet become mainstream.

Today the world is very different.  There’s about 20-22,000 of you here.  And I bet about 5,000 of you are tweeting right now about maybe 4-500 are posting up pictures on Instagram, and, yes, even as I speak, some of you are swiping right on Tinder.  (Laughter.)  Everything is connected.  Everyone is connected.  And it’s all because of technology.

Now the fundamental changes that are happening in technology are really coming from increase in compute, from usage, artificial intelligence, but these are having profound implications on your and my world.  Businesses and industries are getting disrupted fast.  You know we had never heard of companies like Uber, or even what I work on, Skype, until they came in and disrupted industries very fast.  And the reason that happened is because these companies were enabled by, encumbered by the old technology that was in place.  So they came in with the inertia of the new technology.  And this means that the way we, in our business today, it’s not sufficient for us to be sending around attachments in emails.  It is no longer sufficient for us to be having meetings over audioconferencing bridges with 20 people on a call and five dogs barking in the background.  (Laughter.)

You know, Jack Welch said this really, really well.  He said if the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.  That is so true today.  In fact, as an illustration, in 1955 of the companies that were on the Fortune 500 list stayed on an average for 75 years on that list.  This year, they stay on an average 15 years on that list.  Now, this isn’t some pedantic rhetoric that I’m just giving out to you guys.  This applies to Microsoft as well.  We have to keep up with that change just the way you have to.

Now while technology is the catalyst of change, the millennials are the carriers of this change.  Now the millennials, they’re an interesting group to study.  Now the midpoint of the Millennial Era is when they were born, when they became aware, the Internet was in place.  Many of them owned a smartphone before they learned how to drive a car.  They think different.  They live different.  They talk different.  The other day my son comes up and says, YOLO.  (Laughter.)  I had to go Bing it.

And they work different, too.  They work different.  They work in a virtual hive, and the reason that is important to you is by 2020 the majority of your workforce will be millennials.  In fact, a couple of interesting data points.  Since 2010, 10,000 millennials — sorry, baby boomers hit retirement age every day in the U.S., 10,000 baby boomers hit the retirement age every day.  I was talking to the CIO of one of the largest U.S. counties.  He told me that in three years 62 percent of the workforce are going to hit retirement age.  That means by the time we turn around, next year, next few years, we’re going to have millennials really filling our workforce, workplaces.  So with this advancement in technology and millennials coming into our workforce, we really have to envision a new, modern workplace.

So what does that look like?  Well, No. 1, the name “workplace” itself is a misnomer.  It’s a misnomer because work is what you do, it’s not where you go.  People will work from wherever they are with whatever devices they have, and they’ll work on their own time.  That is the first thing.

The second thing is that individual productivity is super important, but team productivity will be critical because it’s a team of people who are accomplishing stuff, which becomes even more challenging when you consider that they’re working from their own place.  They’re not all sitting around in a cluster of cubicles.

The serial, chunky workflow that has really served us well over the last 20 years is not going to serve us well in the future.  It is all about co-creation and rapid iteration.  So the environments really have to support that.  Information is a lot more open, so people discover things for themselves rather than having to be fed information.  Finding solutions is important, figuring out solutions may not be that important.  Tapping into global expertise is very important.  So the environment really has to support this.

In some ways, the modern workplace metaphorically is like a hive being built with many workers working independently but in a coordinated manner with a shared sense of goal without requiring any direction from the queen bee.

Now at Microsoft, we consider ourselves the custodians of productivity.  And as the custodians of productivity, we have to be there with the right tools for the right work environment so that you can bring it to your businesses and you can succeed in the coming decades.  There are five big areas that we are focused on to enable this modern productivity.

Teams, we have a huge focus on teams.  Now teams form quickly nowadays, they get going quickly, they collaborate heavily and they achieve results.  Teams are not something which exists over 18 months or two years.  Sometimes teams accomplish their goals within hours, within weeks.  Therefore, it should be very, very simple to create teams very, very quickly.

That is why we have done a lot of work in Office 365 to allow anyone to quickly create a group in Office 365.  They shouldn’t have to come to you, IT, to say create a group for me.  You guys have way better things to do than drag in all these admin consoles enabling groups.  So we made groups super, super simple, because a group, a digital representation of a team, is a first-class object that we use for membership and authorization.  You can send emails to the group, you can have folders of shared information with the group.  With one click you can start a meeting with a group.  This is the work that we are really doing on teams

Working from anywhere.  Now this is really, really important as well in the new world.  Now we are focused on the mobile experience of the user because the user is mobile.  I’m sorry, the phone is not mobile.  If you don’t believe me, one day leave your phone on the desk and walk away and see if it moves anywhere.  (Laughter.)  So it’s critical that you make sure that the mobile experience of the user across devices throughout the day really happens.  That’s what we’re focused on.

Now, Windows 10 is the most productive environment ever.  Nothing comes close.  What you saw with Joe was absolutely fantastic.  We are also providing Office and Skype on all platforms, on iOS, on Android and iPad.

Now, in the last year itself we’ve had more than 100 million downloads of Office alone, once we provided it on these platforms.  On the 14th of February this year, yes, Valentine’s Day, we hit a very important mark for Skype, 500 million downloads on Google Play with Skype.  So we’re really going where the users are, where your users are today.  We are very, very excited for this reason about Office 2016 Public Preview.

I’m going to ask you, all of you, to go down to the conference floor and find time to get Office 2016 Public Preview installed on all your devices, and please give us feedback.  We want to make sure that this is a great product for your users.

The third thing, very near and dear to my heart, which we are focused on, is making meetings really, really effective.  Now meetings today are not in-person at the same place type of affairs.  OK.  Most meetings have remote attendees.  Now these meetings aren’t those audioconference affairs either, you know the ones with five dogs barking in the background.  The remote attendee can no longer be a second-class citizen in meetings.  Almost every attendee is going to be remote.

And one of the things that makes it most effective to be a remote attendee is video.  We are making a huge bet on video.  That is why we have brought the Skype interface onto Skype for Business.  Half of all Skype calls, which is billions of minutes a day, are actually done with video.  And we are bringing that same familiar experience into your work.

Now the reason video is important is because 55 percent of all communications is body language.  I see some skepticism.  If you don’t believe me try watching the Mayweather and Pacquiao game match without video.  Now not that all meetings should be about boxing, like boxing matches.  But, you get my point.  Video remains very, very important.

Now it also cannot take 30 minutes to start a meeting.  That’s what it takes to get an average video call set up with some of this videoconferencing gear.  You want a one-touch way to get into a meeting and have a high-fidelity video conversation.  That’s why the work that we’ve done with Surface Hubs is very, very important, and you will see it.

That’s why the work that we’re doing with partners like Polycom, Crestron, SMART with Skype Room Systems is very, very important across a variety of price points, but lots more affordable than any of the videoconferencing gear that you might have seen in the past.  And we are also taking meetings like Skype meetings, making it very, very easy to broadcast them to 10,000 people or more in case you have larger team meetings where you want to get to anybody anywhere, not just inside your enterprise, can join in and tune in to that particular meeting.

Now meetings certainly are very, very important for productivity.  But we believe that some of the emergent devices and form factors are going to fundamentally change how people collaborate as well.

Just to look at one of these, can you please roll the video?

(Video segment.)


Now folks that isn’t some heavily produced video.  That device is real and it has Skype built into it.  With Skype you have the most modern experience that you can get today.  So if you’re still using WebEx and GoToMeeting, and products from the last decade, stop doing that.  You can use your money on better things.  (Laughter, applause.)

Let’s talk about content co-creation.  In this new world I talked about you cannot have serialized workflow.  Everything gets created, co-created, quick iterations, people working on the same documents and putting them together.  In fact, that is sort of a millennial habit, as well.  But, this is critical for how we work.  We can’t have attachments going back and forth between people.  And that is why with Office 2016 we have made co-creation of documents just natural with Word 2016.  And that is huge, everything is saved into OneDrive, everything is shared from OneDrive, everything is set up without any more steps for you to co-create.  So there’s sort of innate collaboration built into these rich products.

Last, but not least, is intelligence.  This is a huge and important aspect of the modern workplace.  Now, in 2013 there was 4.4 zettabytes of data in the world.  In 2020 there’s going to be 44 zettabytes of data in the world.  OK, that’s 1 million terabytes.  I’m still counting the zeros.  I think it’s about 21 or something.  There’s actually a lot of data.  That’s the kind of information that can completely inundate you.  And we know we can’t even keep up with inundated inboxes nowadays.  So how do we deal with this?

So we are working very, very hard to make sure that all this data can actually be made sense of with intelligent indexing, with inferences, and that is what we are enabling with the Office Graph.  The Office Graph is an intelligent fabric which will enable a whole lot of intelligent experiences for us.  Now the reason that is important is, I remember, I think it was about even 15 years ago we used to talk a lot about really user-friendly applications.  User-friendly applications are really going to be replaced by intelligent applications, and all that is going to happen with the Office Graph.

Office Delve is a great application which shows you how to bring relevant content in front of you when you need it, to find experts when you need them.  Today for the first time we’ll show you an organizational analytics feature of Delve, which we’ve never shown you before.  So this is the really, really important point, because either information is going to consume you, or it is going to provide a huge step in human productivity and that’s where we are investing.

Rather than me talk more about this I would like to invite my colleague Julia White to come and show you these five investment areas that we have in action.



JULIA WHITE:  Thanks, Gurdeep.

All right.  Gurdeep talked about the modern way of working.  I’m going to show you what that looks like using Office 365, including Skype for Business, and of course the awesome Surface Hub.  Now in this case, this demo, I am a team leader and I’m working on an important product launch of a 3-D printer product.  And I’m going to start my day here in Delve, that intelligent application.  And underneath Delve is the Office Graph, that has all the signals from my content and my actions that can serve up for me the most relevant, important information based on what I’m doing right now and what’s going on around me.

As I scroll down you can see there’s information from all across Office 365, but there’s also information here from Salesforce, because we’ve extended the Office Graph, now with a new API, so other people can integrate into the graph.  So now as a user I have all of the information that’s most relevant to me right there in one place.

Now, I see that — I told you my 3-D printer project is the most important thing to me.  So it’s no surprise that right at the top here I have this new video that the teams created for this launch.  So I’m going to go ahead and check that out.  And it takes me right into the Office 365 video portal.  This is the YouTube for the enterprise.  I can manage all of my video content here, I handle permissions, different channels, maybe there’s a sales channel, a training channel, and just the right people have the right access, and on the back end Azure Meeting Service is doing all the hard work of the video encoding and making sure it renders great on all my different devices, as well.

Now this video, I don’t really love this image.  I think I need a little bit of different creative work.  So I’m going to go back to Delve and I’m going to search for someone to help me spruce up this video a little bit.  So I’m going to search for someone who knows something about design.  And I’ll use it the intelligent enterprise search with Delve and I find this UX design group.  This is a new Office 365 group experience.  And I see in this group here it’s a bunch of people who have come together around design, and I can see all the content trending around them.

If I go into the profile of that group right here I have a new view of this Office 365 Group’s Hub, I can see all the content related to the group, meetings, things in OneDrive, emails, and notebooks even, as well, and members.  So it’s a great single place.  I also can even see who’s online right now.  Now I know Jim and I’ve worked with him before.  So I’m going to go ahead and click right in to see Jim.  And I see that right over here it actually shows me the skills he has, UX design and video production.

So hey, for all of my SharePoint people out there, hopefully you recognize this as a next-gen expertise search.  But this is better, because it’s actually auto-populated by the Office Graph.  So it’s much more insightful, and your users don’t have to do the work of completing their profiles to get those insights in there.

All right.  Now, Jim is online so I can just IM him right from here to ask him if he’s willing to help me out with that great Skype for Business experience.

Now this is a new Skype for Business experience where I can video, I can VOIP, I can IM with anyone.  And we’ve actually integrated the consumer network as well.  So as a Skype for Business user, I can actually go out and search for people in the consumer network.  Maybe I’m a doctor with a patient, or I’m interviewing employees this way as well.

But you can see it’s a very Skype-inspired experience.  So, for example, I want to say, “hey, video ninja,” because he’s kind of a ninja I understand, uses awesome emoticons, and then say, “need your help.”  There we go.  So you can see I like those cool emoticons.  But it’s a very familiar consumer experience that we’ve brought into the workplace.

So there’s millions and millions of people that Gurdeep mentioned are using the consumer experience, which is friendly and familiar as I drop in. But on the back end you have all of the enterprise controls and manageability that you’ve expected from Lync.  So it’s really bringing together the best of both worlds into this experience.

All right.  So Jim is thinking about getting back to me.  So we’re going to assume he’s willing to help me, and we’re going to just keep rolling from there.  So he’s going to help me, so I’m going to go ahead and move over to my 3-D launch team.  And I want to add him to this Office 365 group around the launch product.  And you can see I can just click right over here and add him.  As Gurdeep mentioned, I don’t have to hassle IT with mundane tasks, because you have much better things to do.  And I can just add this and manage the group myself.

But, again, from a group perspective I have that Skype integration, so I can do a group message here, or even a group meeting with a single click.  It’s that simple to bring my group together.

Speaking of meetings, I feel like I’m spending a lot of time in meetings, probably because of this product launch.  But I want to go use this new experience that Gurdeep mentioned, this Delve Org Analytics, to find out what’s really happening with my time and what’s going on across my organization.  So here for the first time is an early sneak peek into this new experience that will be coming to Office 365 later this year.  And it might look a little different because we’re going to get a lot of feedback from you and many others about what this should be before it’s final.

But essentially think of it as your health tracker for your work.  And I can tap into all the information, again, in the Office Graph, all those signals to understand my time, my interactions and that of my team as well.  You can see I have a view of my team’s interactions.  I even have things like my work-life balance based on communications I’m sending out of office time.

And then, if I go down here, I see my meeting time, this is the number of business hours spent in meetings, and man, I’m in 60 percent.  And that’s getting this insightful notification, again, based on this information in the graph that I’m 12 percent more than the company average.  By clicking, I can even see a trend line of how my meeting time compares to the broader organization.  It’s a great new insight.

But I want to take a look at what’s going on with my team as well.  So I’m going to go click into this Work Map to get a sense of all the different connections.  Those lines and the thickness of the lines symbolize the intensity of the interactions between these different organizations.  Now I know that I’m spending a lot of time in meetings.  I want to go and see what’s happening from a team level as well.

So I’m going to go over here and pick just my meetings for the team and see what happens.  See when I do that, you see the intensity changes, but also some really insightful things just popped.  There’s actually no meetings taking place between the sales team and the product team.  The meetings are happening only with my team.  We’re kind of the intersection between those two organizations.

Well, I don’t want that.  That’s certainly a missing connection, and we need to get the sales and the product teams talking directly.  Well, it turns out my next meeting is with the product team, so I can just go ahead and add the sales team to it and get that done and make that connection.

So here I am in Outlook 2016, great new app.  I’m going to go ahead into this launch meeting, where I have the product team, and I’m going to add the sales team as well.  And that can be a distribution list, or it can also be an Office 365 group, because it works across all aspects of Office 365.

So I’ve got them added.  And as you see here, I have this attachment that we’re going to work on during the meeting.  But hopefully you notice that little cloud means it’s not actually an attachment.  This is a link out to my OneDrive for Business account.  So when we go into the meeting and share this, we’re all working on one version, not different attachments.

All right, so before that meeting starts I have a few minutes.  So I’m going to go over and check out the conversation going on around that launch group.  So I’m in my Outlook 2016 experience down here in groups.  I can just go to that, launching that same Office 365 group, and you can see there’s a conversation happening, and it actually is in a conversation way, it goes top to bottom, so I have a sense that it’s not my Inbox, this is actually a group conversation.  And I can reply here.

But I see that they’re actually talking about needing to share the launch plans with our events team, and whether we should do that.  Well, I definitely think we should.  So I’m just going to go ahead and do it while I’m in here.  So I’m going to go ahead and send a new email.  I’m going to send it to Bonnie, who is in the Events team.  And you notice she’s outside my organization.  That’s OK, I can share with her as well.

And when I go to attach that, you see I get with the new Office 2016 experience my most recently used documents right there.  So that’s kind of how we work.  We’re working on a document and we want to share it, it’s the last thing we’ve been working on.  So it makes it so easy, I don’t have to go browse for it.  So I’ll go ahead and grab that launch plan, and you’ll see again it’s not actually putting an attachment on there.  It’s actually creating a link, sharing it from OneDrive for Business.  And I can go ahead if I want and I can change the permissions.  If I want to do it the old-fashioned way, I can attach a copy, but I’m not going to do that.  And when I hit send, all the permissioning is handled.  Bonnie has access.  I don’t have to go somewhere else and manage my permissions.  It’s all done right there.  And we’re all going to be working on one version.  We’re working in a modern way with a single click.

So hopefully you see with Office 365 this integrated experience from a user perspective, it’s truly easier and better than all those consumer cloud storage options, and you get all of the enterprise controls to manage the content on the back end.  Again, the best of both worlds in that experience.

All right.  I’m going to go ahead and jump into that meeting and get started here.  I’ll go ahead and join to my Skype client.  And it loads it up, and I’ll get dropped in right into a rich video, multiparty video experience because, as Gurdeep said, without video you’re really not getting almost half of the communication experience going on.

So I have my thing here.  Now I have that attachment, right, I’m going to go ahead and load that up.  When I do that, it’s going to pull that shared document from OneDrive, and it actually is launching Word Online.  And it’s going to do that for me, and it’s going to do that for all of the participants as well.  And I keep my video feed here.  Here’s the active speaker.  So I can be dialoguing while we’re all in this document doing that real-time co-auth that we’ve been showing you in that online experience.

And again it’s not just presenting this in Outlook.  We’re actually all in the document working together doing that co-creation experience.  You can see there’s four other people editing at the same time.

Now we’ve been talking about this in the online experience for a while.  But now I’m very excited to show you for the first time ever that we have taken that real-time co-auth experience and brought it to the desktop app as well.  So let me go ahead and launch Word 2016 here, where we will show you for the first time how this looks just the same and just as rich in the desktop experience.

So as I drop in, you see there they are, my co-authors, they’re editing right there.  There’s Sven, there’s Kimberley.  I’m seeing pixel by pixel exactly what’s happening in the document.  You can really, truly do that co-creation experience right on the desktop or online.  (Applause.)  Perfect.  I’m glad you’re as excited as I am about that.

So the launch plan is looking good.  I’m going to let the team keep working on that, and I’m going to head off to my next meeting.  But, of course, as I’m walking to my next meeting, I want to make the most of my time, and I like to work on all my devices, too.  So I’m going to go ahead and grab my iPhone here to do some email on the way to the meeting.

Now we know there’s been a lot of, there has been a lot of mobile email use.  But there actually hasn’t been a lot of email productivity on mobile devices until recently, and that’s thanks to the new Outlook experiences we have across all the platforms.  Here I’ll show you on the iPhone.

If I go in, and you can see that it’s a rich app.  I have email, I have calendar, even great attachment handling, too.  And I can just swipe, maybe I want to go this way.  I’ve customized these swipes, too, so I can change that to whatever I want to do on this side, and swipe this way, too, because we know we all have very unique ways we want to manage our email, and so we let you customize this to make it most efficient for you.

Again, this really powerful new app is again on iOS, Android, and in preview on Windows 10, too.  And later Brad is actually going to show you how to manage this app, which is super important.

But I see that I have this email from Ben here, and he wants me to review this Sway that he created for the launch.  So I’m going to go ahead and do that right here on my phone, too.

And Sway is a gorgeous, interactive canvas for sharing your ideas.  It’s the newest member of the Office family.  And I’m excited, as you can see and go through, it’s rich, it’s got the animation.  I can even click through and see my different, like, photo stacks, really beautiful even on a small device, but looks great on a large device as well.

I’m very excited to announce today that Sway will be coming to the O365 Business and Education service plans next month.  So all of you who have been Swaying in your personal life, now you can Sway at work, too.  (Applause.)

All right.  So now I’m in my meeting here in the conference room, and of course I’m using the amazing Surface Hub.

But first let’s talk about this device, stunning 84-inch, 4k, ultra-high-def, 120 hertz, multitouch device.  This is the largest one in the market.  And in it is built-in cameras, mics, speakers, CPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC.  Literally, all I need is a power cord and I’m ready to go.  And it’s really designed from the ground up for collaboration in the room and across the world.  It really lets you unlock that power of the group.

And also this is a conference room device that will actually get used, because it’s so easy and it’s awesome.

So let’s talk about how simple it is.  So we have the Skype integration right there, so let me get started.  All I have to do is join the meeting with a single touch.  Everyone can do that, and let’s go ahead and say yeah, that one, and it drops us right into the view.  And as we would in any kind of meeting, go into the video call here and a whiteboard as well.  Let’s try that again.  All right, we’re going to get the Skype meeting going.  Let’s try that one more time.  Simple to reset as well, as you can see.  We can do that.

All right, let’s try it one more time here, get our call going.  Here we go.  All right.

And you can see actually you can switch the cameras across, too, depending on where you’re standing, so a very natural experience.

All right, so as the video loads up, I’m going to go ahead and start inking on my digital whiteboard, again very, very natural inking experience.  And I can say, hey, for the meeting today I want to look at the sales pipeline, and I want to look at the launch deck, too.

But you know what, because it’s actually a virtual whiteboard, I can change my mind and it’s very simple.  So I can just go down here and I can grab that item, and I can move it up and say, you know what, I want to talk about the launch deck first.

BEN WALTERS:  That’s right.  And, of course, if we’re going to do the sales pipeline, we should really get Luke in on the call.

JULIA WHITE:  Oh, right.  And this is how real work happens.  We start talking about something, and we realize the right person is not in the meeting.  That’s OK, it’s super easy to invite them.  So let me just go over here and add Luke as well, because we always have to have Luke Skywalker, too, to go drop him an invite.

Hello, Star Wars friend.  May the Force be with you.  Awesome.  (Cheers, applause.)

All right, now, of course, it’s more than just whiteboarding, it’s also about sharing content as well.

So we’ll go ahead and why don’t you pull up that launch deck so we can take a look at it?  And you see it kind of connects directly with the Surface Pro, which is great.

And it’s not just a projection, though, it’s a two-way experience.  So if I go ahead and swipe, you see that it works here, but it’s also actually controlling the Surface over there as well.  So if Ben wants to go ahead and move forward, you can see that goes as well.  So it’s a two-way experience.

But the same goes for inking as well, again natural experience.  Maybe I want to talk about this and maybe move it over here.  You’ll see it’s actually showing up on the Surface, again that two-way experience, and the same with Ben.

And this could be true for anyone who’s on the video experience as well.  They can be interacting really naturally.  It’s all that ink back and touch back experience.

All right, so the deck looks good.  Let’s go ahead and switch over and look at that sales pipeline.

So here I am in my CRM Online experience where I can get all of my sales information, my pipeline, I can see the leads that are happening as well.

But I want to do a little deeper analysis than this.  So I’ve actually pulled this out into a Power BI dashboard so I can do some deeper analysis.  And here I have my dashboard pulled up.  It looks again, simple, beautiful with touch, too.

Now, this shows revenue by territory.  I want to know a bit more about that, so I’ll go ahead and select in there, and kind of get the click-down, which again is a dashboard view.  I can keep drilling deeper and deeper with Power BI.

And I see here I have gross margin and I have gross revenue.  What I really wish is I actually have the combination of those two things.  Well, with Power BI I can do that.  Let me just go ahead and grab that chart, and I can pull it right up and lay it on top.  And Power BI does the work to actually combine those two datasets, put it in a new visualization of a scatter chart that actually is based on the data, the best way to visualize that information, all that simple, with a single swipe.

Now, that’s the analysis I want, and again it’s simple, I can go back to my whiteboard experience, I can add some new insights as well, making it very simple.

And then when I’m done with all this, too, I can just go ahead and I could email it right from here, and I could share it back to my personal OneNote or I could email it right from here as well.  Because it’s a shared device, I want to save all this back, and when I’m done with the meeting all I have to do is hit the “I’m done” at the bottom, and it takes all of the information off of it, clears it off for the next meeting to come in, so I don’t have to worry about information being left behind or even erasing my whiteboard, too.

Well, I’m not going to say I’m done just because, because actually I’m going to flip over and show you that we’ve been doing this entire presentation actually using the new Skype Broadcast experience.

Go in here, I’ll flip back over here.  Here, in fact, is that brand-new Skype Broadcast experience that Satya announced this morning.  And you can see I have the video feed, I can have content and I even have social sentiment analysis with Bing Analysis over here, so I can actually see the audience view and what the feedback is about the presentation.

And this is the attendee experience.  And they can drop in, go back, real time or forward.  So maybe you came to the meeting late, you can go back and catch up.  All of that is totally possible.

Now, I can pull up the producer view on the screen, too, so you can see what that looks like.  But with some really simple controls, you can decide the video feed, you can decide whether it’s content.  And we’ve designed this to make it so easy that anyone can run this.  So we don’t have any more expensive, complex systems for doing broadcast meetings.  It’s just part of Skype and Office 365.

And when the video is all done, I can just go and post it right back to my Office 365 video portal for people to watch later as well.  So thanks, Ben.

So what I showed you is just one example of the product launch team being productive across the Microsoft cloud and hardware experiences.  This truly is productivity in a cloud-first, mobile-first world.

With that, back to Gurdeep.  (Applause.)

GURDEEP SINGH PALL:  That was great.  That really is the modern workplace.

You know, we’re really focused on between Windows 10 and the work that’s happening with Office and Skype, we’re focused on giving you the best experience so that you and your businesses can win in your respective areas.

You see teams working fluidly across email, IM, video, content co-creation.  You saw how we went from the phone to the Surface Hub.  We talked about the mobility of the experience.

You’ve seen how easily it becomes full Windows with the continuum feature.  You’ve seen a lot of intelligence that is baked into the experiences of tomorrow.

Now, you know, the whole point here is to make sure that you don’t have to go staple together many different things because, frankly, in this environment, you can be so much more productive.  It’s kind of like every part designed to fit into an Aston Martin so it give you high performance.  Gives high performance for your users.

Now, 10 years ago, all this would have meant a lot of work that you would have to do to set this up.  But today, all that is just enabled with a click on Office 365.

Now, I’m sure for you as well, I joined tech, IT, because I really wanted to work with tech.  I wanted to work with shiny, new gadgets.  Face it, we’re not James Bond.  Well, I’m not at least.  But I’ll tell you what we are.  We are Q.  We are Q in James Bond because we get to work with the coolest gadgets, the coolest tech.  We take that to our users and we really, really empower them.

And what we would like you to do is with all these products we’re showing you, we want you to take them back to your users, your workers, and make them super, super productive.

Now, we’ve talked about the modern workplace.  Brad is going to come up and talk to you, how do you enable this modern workplace inside your businesses in a way that you protect your businesses so we can manage it for your users.

Thank you very much.  (Applause.)