I’m old enough to remember when software applications and platforms changed very slowly. On average, change occurred once every three years. And this cadence didn’t just apply to Microsoft, but for the industry as a whole.
Multiple factors led to long development cycles: distribution channels, development methodologies, the competitive landscape, followed by rollout and adoption activities on the customer side. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
That world of “tri-annual” change is gone. The advent of cloud hosted services, A/B testing, and rapid development and test methodologies have changed the landscape forever.
Even applications in a more typical “client-server” arrangement have joined the wave of rapid iteration. Microsoft Teams “feels” like a desktop app, but that’s mostly to appease old guys like me.
In reality, Microsoft Teams is a cloud app masquerading as a client-server app, retaining all the advantages of cloud services. Always up to date, one version of the truth with data (no syncing), centralized administration and maintenance – the list goes on.
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More than once I’ve been given the scoop by a colleague when it came to a new feature or capability, or something in development. Sometimes, it’s been something I’ve been waiting for or something critical to our business here at Apex. We are always trying to help our customers stay on top of their investments in employee productivity; it’s a part of our managed services in this space.
Join us this Thursday, July 28th for a webinar on what’s new, what’s on the roadmap, and some things you might have missed about the ever-evolving Microsoft Teams platform. I’ll keep it fun and moving fast and make it useful for your personal use of Teams, or something critical to your team! I look forward to seeing you there!
About the Author
Steve Thompson is the Vice President of Solutions & Alliances at Apex Digital Solutions. With over 25 years of experience in the technology solutions industry, Steve specializes in developing technical strategy, growth plans, practice improvement plans, and improving services delivery.