On January 1, 2015, I published some predictions for 2015. Let’s see how well those predictions turned out.
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.
Some interesting discussion has flowed into my mailbox since Microsoft announced their decision to stop cleaning out the Deleted Items folder of user mailboxes in Office 365. The announcement appeared on February 20 and started a 28-day countdown to implementation.