Gartner Research

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

Published: 09 March 2016

ID: G00293534

Analyst(s): Larry Cannell


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


  • 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


Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.