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The Continuing Evolution of Office 365 — The Emergence of a Unified Platform

Published: 09 March 2016

ID: G00293534

Analyst(s): Larry Cannell

Summary

Over the course of 2015, Microsoft released a steady stream of updates to Office 365. This report identifies the most significant Office 365 changes, analyzes the impact these will have on business users and various IT roles, and highlights what to look for in 2016.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Major Office 365 Changes in 2015
    • Office 365 Has Dramatically Increased the Pace of Change Around Office
    • Office 365 Is Becoming a More Unified Product and Platform
    • All Roads Now Lead to Office 365
  • How Office 365's Changes Impact Different Audiences
    • End Users
    • Security and Other Service Administrators
    • Developers
    • Architects
  • What to Look for in 2016
    • After a Rough 2015, OneDrive for Business Should See Some Improvement
    • SharePoint Server Content Will Integrate With Office 365
    • Groups Is Key to Office 365's Future
    • Use of the Office Graph Will Expand, With Some External Application Integration
    • Yammer's Assimilation Into Office 365 Will Become More Visible
  • Master Email, Calendaring and the Office Client Applications First
  • Adopt Office 365's Outlook Before Pursuing Other Collaboration Services
  • Prepare to Eventually Embrace Office 365 as a Whole Product
  • Actively Pursue Office 365's New Service Management Capabilities
  • Selectively Pilot New Office 365 Collaboration Services

Conclusion

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