Yesterday we released details on two very exciting items, the Office 365 for business public roadmap and the First Release Program. On a personal side, I am very excited about both of these items because first, I’m a big advocate of transparency and second, updates always excite me and I love being on the cutting edge.
Office 365 for Business Public Roadmap
In the past the Office 365 for business road map was not public facing and required an NDA for customers to see. Yesterday we launched the Office 365 for business public roadmap which will give everyone a 30 to 90 day glimpse into the future of what’s coming for Office 365 for business. This page contains information on Office 365 for business features in the following self-explanatory categories.
- Rolling Out
- In Development
First Release Program
First Release will allow customers to opt-in to receive certain enhancements first at a minimum of two weeks before customers who are not in the program. These enhancements are not beta or a preview, but final code and you will get them first being in this program! Since software updates always excite me this program is right up my alley. You can find more information about our Standard Release and First Release programs on this Office 365 release programs page.
For complete details on these please see Jake Zborowski’s (group product manager for Office 365) blog post Improving visibility to service updates.