A slew of products and technologies are advancing into the general availability (GA) stage this week at Microsoft Ignite, including the latest version of Windows Server, strategic Internet of Things (IoT) offerings and a number of Azure services and features.

1. Windows Server 2019 — Headlining the announcements of products reaching GA at Ignite is Windows Server 2019. The direction for Microsoft is clearly to the cloud, and the company ceaselessly encourages customers to move workloads to the Azure public cloud or to purpose-built cloud applications, such as Office 365 or Dynamics 365. Yet, Microsoft has carved a competitive niche for itself in the cloud out of its hybrid capabilities, and promises to continue to make and support software that runs on-premises for a while longer.

2. Internet of Things — One of Microsoft’s most significant IoT initiatives also hit GA during Ignite. Azure IoT Central is intended to democratize IoT by making it accessible to users and organizations that don’t want to set up the back-end infrastructure or perform the integration necessary to support and leverage an army of sensors and other devices in the field.

3. Major Azure Services – Three major services that change the product mix for the Azure public cloud reached GA at Ignite: (1) Azure Firewall (2) Azure Virtual WAN (3) Azure Monitor

Plus several addition cloud enhancements & features were also highlighted