It’s been one hell of a year for Office 365 – this year has seen Microsoft Teams released and fast establish itself as one of the most important services in Office 365.
In addition to that, we’ve seen a long list of small and large updates to the Office 365 service – improving performance, making compliance easier, adding functionality and making it easier to secure the service.
On average, there have been around 25 updates a month – 300 within a year.
It has also been a year where Office 365 migrations haven’t slowed down. The shift I began to see a year ago was away from just doing an Exchange migration as “phase one” but to a more strategic shift to use multiple Office 365 services.
People now are able to grasp easily how Office 365 fits together, largely thanks to Office 365 Groups. Improvements to OneDrive and SharePoint have unlocked the potential for easy to use and user-managed collaboration sites, and Microsoft have pinned down the vision for what tool to use when with the inner/outer loop model for Teams versus Yammer and recognised email will remain ubiquitous.
From Microsoft’s perspective, they’ve also met their targets to reach an annualized revenue run rate of $20 billion before June 2018. They managed this in the first quarter of their financial year, which is quite an achievement. This doesn’t necessary mean they are done with the Office 365 push – by some conservative estimates only half of Exchange Server deployments have moved to Office 365.
In that context, I wanted to have a think about what to expect over the next twelve months. Now, I know predictions are always destined to be wrong – so do not hold me to any of these, but factoring in what I’ve seen over the last year, and what I would love to see happen over the next year here are my top ten predictions for Office 365 in 2018.