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Microsoft details Office 365 for Business plans in new roadmap

Administrators who have been asking questions about the future plans for Office 365 for Business now have some answers.

Microsoft made a roadmap for the business version of Office 365 available to the public today that includes detailed information about upcoming updates. The roadmap includes updates that have already been released as well as updates that will soon roll out, updates currently in development and updates that have been canceled. The roadmap applies to only Office 365 for Business, not the versions for home or personal use.

In a blog post detailing the release, Microsoft officials said the roadmap offers subscribers a look at what to expect in the next few months as well as insight into what they call “long-term investments” for Office Graph and the service codenamed “Oslo.”

Microsoft is also rolling out a new program called First Release, which will give customers who opt-in access to Office 365, SharePoint Online and Exchange Online changes at least two weeks prior to customers in the standard release group. Office 365 ProPlus, Exchange Online Protection and Lync Online don’t apply to the First Release program, the company said.

What do you think of the Office 365 or Business roadmap and First Release plans? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

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