In order to help business stay abreast of changes to Office 365, Microsoft announced the launch of the Office 365 Roadmap, which provides important information about updates to the popular cloud computing solution. This should include features that are canceled before being released. However, Microsoft has been eliminating SharePoint Online features recently without making an announcement. Moreover, there could be further eliminations in the future.
Regardless of the purpose of the roadmap site, some customers feel that they are not finding out about feature cutbacks the way that they should.
The most recent list of features to get the chopping block include SharePoint Online’s Tags & Notes, Tasks (from the menu option) and the “Sync to Outlook” button. While these cuts were reported beforehand, users aren’t happy about their departure.
And according to a Microsoft source, the public site feature will also be eliminated by January 2015. Those already using the service should be able to continue doing so; however, they Microsoft will offer little to no technical support.
Many of these updates can likely be tied to the release of the new version of SharePoint (an on-site solution), which is set to roll out in the latter half of this year. However, SharePoint Online has been receiving updates almost every month. This may mean that some of these features could come back online.
All of the changes (or eliminations) are beginning to grate on the nerves of certain SharePoint customers. According to the Office 365 blog, some are beginning to feel they have to do too much work to keep up with what SharePoint features they’ll have access to and which ones are being eliminated. Other customers question why the Roadmap site isn’t being used as promised.
Even with all the changes that are being made to SharePoint, it is still a valuable tool for business management. If you’re new to SharePoint and need assistance deciding how best to use it, Innovative Architects can help. Contact us today and tell us about your project.