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Microsoft Promises Frequent Office 365 Roadmap Updates

Paul Rubens | July 3, 2014
Frequent updates to cloud software can cause compatibility problems – which is why Microsoft has outlined plans to help your other applications play nicely with Office 365.

T.J. Keitt, an analyst at Forrester, disagrees: "This is certainly a way of easing new customers into the world of rapid iteration, but that's not saying that Microsoft has gone as far as it can with early adopters. We're seeing that the market for SaaS is growing in leaps and bounds."

To illustrate this, Keitt quotes Forrester research. In 2011, 56 percent of companies questioned said they were interested in moving to software as a service for collaboration activities. In 2012, this increased to 65 percent; by the end of 2013, this had risen again, to 71 percent.

As for Microsoft, its line is that the new change management processes are a direct result of the way that Office 365 is being developed.

"Ultimately, it's the move to cloud-first development and large numbers of incremental changes that has prompted Microsoft to be more open about its roadmaps," Zborowski says. "In addition to reimagining our engineering process, we have had to reengineer our communications process as well."

T.J. Keitt, an analyst at Forrester, disagrees: "This is certainly a way of easing new customers into the world of rapid iteration, but that's not saying that Microsoft has gone as far as it can with early adopters. We're seeing that the market for SaaS is growing in leaps and bounds."

 

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