Gartner Research

The Continuing Evolution of Office 365 — Advances in Collaboration, Security and Integration

Published: 09 November 2017

ID: G00328394

Analyst(s): Larry Cannell


Microsoft continues to release a steady stream of updates to Office 365. This report identifies the most significant recent Office 365 changes — primarily around collaboration, security and integration — and assesses their potential impact from a technical professional's perspective.

Table Of Contents


  • A Cohesive Strategy Around Group Collaboration Technology Is Taking Shape
    • Microsoft Teams Leads the Way by Building on Office 365 Groups
    • SharePoint Enables Microsoft Teams to Create Group Document Repositories
    • Microsoft Teams Is Replacing Skype for Business Online
    • Gartner's Assessment of Office 365's Changing Collaboration Strategy
  • Microsoft Is Rapidly Expanding Office 365's Security Services
    • Azure Information Protection P1 and P2
    • Azure Active Directory Premium P1 and P2
    • Secure Score
    • Intune Microsoft Graph APIs
    • Advanced Data Governance
    • Office 365 Cloud App Security
    • Advanced Threat Protection
    • Threat Intelligence
    • Gartner's Assessment of Office 365's Expanding Security Services
  • New Opportunities Are Emerging for Developers and Power Users
    • Microsoft Graph API
    • Integration Between Microsoft Teams and External Applications
    • The SharePoint Framework and Extensions
    • Microsoft Flow and PowerApps
    • Gartner's Assessment of New Developer and Power User Opportunities
  • What to Look for in 2018 and Beyond
  • Actively Pilot Microsoft Teams
  • Deploy Some Form of Cloud Access Security Broker
  • Prioritize Office 365's New Integration and Automation Opportunities
  • Delegate Administrative Responsibilities to End Users


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