Last week I looked back on what happened in the world of on-premises and cloud Exchange during 2015. This week it’s time to consider what might come along in 2016. Of course, I don’t work for Microsoft, so anything outlined here is total speculation, all done in the best possible taste.
Microsoft uses “Delve profiles” within Office 365 as part of its strategy to make information easier to find, which of course is the mission of the Delve application. The theory is that you might not remember the name of an important document shared with you by someone, but you’ll probably remember the person. Therefore, if you navigate to the profile of that person, Delve will be able to reveal the documents that they have shared with you and the mystery is solved.
In an outage that reminded many of the June 2014 problems that affected Exchange Online users in the U.S. for seven hours, the Azure Active Directory infrastructure serving Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services in Europe experienced major problems on December 3. The effect of the outage was not uniform and appeared to be confined to Northern and Western Europe.
Two years ago, I spoke with Perry Clarke, the development chief for Exchange (both on-premises and cloud) to discuss the current state of Exchange and how its technology was likely to evolve. We know how the influence of the cloud has affected the way that product development occurs and how quickly things now happen. I thought it would be interesting to look back on how Exchange has evolved in the period.