Microsoft’s Office team has an ambitious roadmap ahead of it. But can a team of 5,000 engineers move from delivering product releases every 2 to 3 years, to every quarter or even faster?
Yes. It can. If the Office team releases features that are small and useful occasionally, every ninety days is completely possible. Chrome decided the long form release cycle was not going to work for a browser. Imagine what it could do for Office. Alienating users that are used to the slow cycle? Well, those users don’t mind their Chrome updates, their Firefox updates and their Windows updates that are pushed them literally all the time — because those updates don’t break their workflow and the changes are actually gradual.