Microsoft fully committed to the Cloud with Office 365. One example of this commitment is Power BI for Office 365 that’s exclusively distributed by Office 365. This is just the beginning. I am certain that all the latest features and improvements for SharePoint, and other Microsoft products, are released in the Cloud first before on-premises availability. Microsoft will use the Cloud to test and approve updates and new features before distributing these to the on-premises platform. By doing this Microsoft regains close control of their products, installed on their own servers, instead of sending it off to customers resulting in many issues due to lack of Governance or installation and configuration errors. This makes it easier to release new features in a shorter release cycle, compared to the previous three year release cycle.
The rise of smartphones and tablets changed everything in the technology market. Customers got “spoiled” with user friendly mobile devices. The devices are easy to use, even for non techies, with many Apps. The Apps are easy to install, fulfill business/market demands and receive regular updates. Customers, who are end-users during the day, expect the same of their Enterprise software and don’t want to wait three years for a new release or a year for an update. They rather have it yesterday than today. I believe this is the power of Office 365 and the future of Enterprise software or shall we call it services?
I am a practical person so when I read the following statement my mind starts to wonder:
“Your business evolves. So does Office 365. You can work from wherever you want, whenever you need to. That means whatever you need to do to succeed gets done. You always have the latest features, to help you work smarter. Plus, it’s the Office you already know, so it’s easy to use.”
This is a very interesting statement because it literally means I should be able to get my work done with Office 365 no matter my location, time and device. It doesn’t mention the word device but in this day and age, the majority of people work with smartphones and tablets. They expect to be able to work with these devices. I want to put this to the test! In this blog series I am going to investigate if I can work with an iPad, iPhone, Surface RT tablet or Windows Phone 8 to work with my documents, communicate with my colleagues, connect to my SharePoint portal, gather and take my notes and perform my administrator tasks.