Digital futures: Microsoft and the future of hybrid working, data and artificial intelligence

Our second Digital Futures at Oxford talk welcomed Elizabeth Melville, Ian Woolner, Mark McManus and Ignacio Melendez-Valdes from Microsoft. 

We heard how Microsoft is supporting the education sector to implement an end-to-end hybrid workplace using a range of technologies. We also heard how they are gaining insights and making informed business decisions through the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation.

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Ian Woolner and Mark McManus presented a range of Microsoft solutions for hybrid working. They showed how Microsoft is supporting immersive teaching and learning through their MESH platform which will be available to us over the coming months. They also talked about Microsoft Viva, an employee experience platform bringing together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights in the flow of work. Microsoft Viva is powered by Microsoft 365 and it is delivered through Microsoft Teams. Viva fosters a culture that empowers people and teams to be their best from anywhere.

Elizabeth Melville talked about Microsoft's latest range of Surface devices to support online hybrid learning and Ignacio Melendez-Valdes gave some insights to the value of data in education and how decentralised institutions are using MS Azure and AI tools to empower their decision-making.

For those unable to attend, the recording is available for you to watch (requires SSO). You can find information about this series and future events on our innovation page, or the IT news and events page.

Further information and getting involved 

Digital Futures at Oxford is a series of thought leadership sessions organised by IT Services where we are inviting leaders from industry and external organisations to share their views on the future direction of digital in higher education. More sessions are planned for Hilary term, including the Future of education, Student lifecycle/Mixed realityCybersecurity, and Automation.

Join the conversation in Oxford's Digital futures community forum on Teams. If you would like further information about any of the sessions, please contact