What I’ve Been Working On: Office365 in Beta!


Original Office365 Beta Portal from 2010
Original Office365 Beta Portal

Use to be at Microsoft products had predictable release cycles. Released in “waves”, you could anticipate a period of creativity and envisioning at the beginning, a period of hard work coding and hacking in the middle (this is when you sleep in your office), and a period of release and downtime often accompanied with a ship party. Around this time most PMs and architects were already busy doing the envisioning for the next wave, but mostly you kicked back and had a life for a little while. This is how Microsoft had learned to ship software that had a “big bang” release and a version number.

In the cloud, that cycle doesn’t exist.

Our team has been working very hard on Office 365, the successor to BPOS, almost before BPOS was released two years ago. Combined with constant improvements to the existing service, such as the addition of PowerShell, speed and reliability improvements, and an introduction of a more refined service dashboard, it has left our team panting from the exciting but exhausting pace.

It’s an awesome time to be at Microsoft and an awesome time to be in the Microsoft Online team. I can’t wait to get the feedback from our customers on their experience with Office 365.

If you haven’t yet, sign up for the Beta today.