Crystal Gazing into the Future of Office 365 This Year

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‘To believe the old penchant of foretellers, only a crystal ball can give a perfect beholding to what tomorrow’s sun would shine upon and what would be left in darkness to rot.’

As we winded up the year 2016 and attempted predictions for the coming year, all eyes were curious to see what 2017 has in store for the tech world. By now your newsfeed and inboxes must have been full of stories of old technologies launching or upgrading to something new to achieve further milestones. Yet, whatever the new technology might come up with, no matter to what direction the new trends might pull, the tide will sweep away all small and big businesses alongside.

As we gazed through to the future of technology in the year 2017, we managed to peg and pin a few of them perfectly.

Yammer Getting Integrated with Office 365 Groups

Starting as a mere microblogging site, today yammering is the most talked about collaboration platform after being integrated with SharePoint services in 2012. It holds the future of Office 365. It is a single collaboration tool with many features which includes document collaboration, intelligent insights providing for a connected experience.

2017 sees Yammer taking the limelight, with more consumer showing inclination to join the Yammer groups with Office 365 groups to contact co-workers, for sharing files, team coordination, easy group management for projects and team works.

Art of Electronic Mail Writing is About to Die, Office 365 Seems to Have Been Filling the Void

Writing emails would soon be outdated, although it would not die off completely, rather it will see fewer dependencies. It would no longer be ‘the by default communicator’ as it was for the last two decades.

Why so? It is time-consuming and you might end up sending it to a wrong person. At times a simple mail search could be like finding a needle in a haystack and could jam your entire ongoing process of work. If you are working from a mobile, with a team which is quite common these days, then all these issues might add up to your woes. This has led enterprises to turn to cloud-based collaboration tools when working with both internal teams and customers. These collaboration tools, like SharePoint, provide workgroups a storage place for all project related communication like videos, documents, and messages. Instead of paying for a separate product, companies are using Microsoft Teams included in Microsoft Office 365 and are saving a considerable amount of money.

To Live in an Analytics Ecosystem

Integration and collaboration hold the future of technology as more and more enterprises are getting dependent on having an accessible global work structure in teams. This requires a smooth data flow in enterprises and Office 365 staples like Outlook, has grabbed this opportunity to be almost a part of all organizations. When we live in the age of analytics ecosystem, integration seems to have been playing a pivotal role and Dynamic 365 and big data analytics with Office 365 has taken the center stage. Anticipations are high for an integration in between these two cloud services.

Feature Updates on Office 365 or SharePoint Online

The last decade has seen Microsoft coming up with major drastic changes to update their model for SharePoint Server, known as Public updates, Infrastructure updates, and Cumulative updates. Feature Pack, released as part of the SharePoint Server 2016 received a massive response from the users. As 2017 unfolds more release of feature updates and add-ins for Office 365 and SharePoint Online are expected.

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