Release Dates for Government Tenancy
Microsoft has a road map for general release of apps and tools but for us government customers we are left in total darkness. Somewhere there is a blog, from Microsoft, that says "in general government release is about six months behind general" However, I have been waiting over nine months for things like SWAY and PLANNER. Please create a Government Road Map Release date. Still missing: YAMMER,FLOW,FORMS,TEAMS,GROUPS,PLANNER,STREAM, and SWAY.
I've been doing research on Teams for a public sector entity and I'm NOT overly impressed by the GCC version of Teams. Based on others here, it would appear that the public sector voice is NOT being heard very well. I would ask the MS Product directors to start listening and providing MORE TRANSPARENCY regarding Teams!!
Hey MS, would you consider a Team for all of the public sector people interested in your product/services to provide them with that TRANSPARENCY??
This was a common theme that I thought I saw in the MSIgnite 2018 on-demand video.
Transparency doesn't applied to the public sector portion of your customer base??
Joe Alonge commented
I understand the need to be compliant with many different standards when it comes to rolling out a new feature, but the communication is very lacking. There are things on the road map with a expected release date a month or two prior to the last update and little to no information. Even if you sent a quarterly email with some basics. Please understand that our customers (the people we support) get a bad image of Microsoft when I tell them what the roadmap says. The more information I can give them, the better it can make Microsoft look.
William Smith commented
We are already getting things last, often due to vetting at the federal level, but to receive no communications of where things stand along the way? It seems whoever is in charge of communications hasn't been paying attention. We have this thing called the Internet now, and it's GREAT for moving information quickly! Thanks for listening.
Please tell us, employers go to conferences and see stuff for office 365 and come back and say I want to do that, I tell them you can in 3 years and they get mad at me … this is not my fault.
Do you think my using 3 votes for this issue will persuade the good people @ Microsoft to hear our user voices?
We've been waiting 4 years for some things on your list:
Sway: Oct. 2014
Connectors: Nov. 2015
Flow: Nov. 2015
Planner: Dec. 2015
Forms: June 2016
Stream: July 2016
Teams: Nov. 2016
ToDo: Apr. 2017
Communication Sites: June 2017
Microsoft 365: July 2017
Apps for Microsoft Teams: August 2017
Kathy Lynch commented
Agreed 100%. There are a number of rants on the Tech Community about this issue and having a separate or filtered Roadmap for Gov Tenant releases would be extremely helpful for us to not feel like 2nd class tenants.
We realize that there are compliance issues to be addressed, but it is really difficult in the current configuration to find our release info without digging through each release, and many do not have a projected date included - just a "not you" statement.
Very frustrating. Please, more transparency here!
Sam Bryant commented
Yes. Please let us know when it would be at least available. My organization is very interested in rolling it out.
Sean Bugler commented
Echoing this. At a minimum opening up the communication channels on what few timelines are listed would be wonderful.
For example the roadmap does list Planner and Teams for GCC, but just yesterday the Estimated Release just got bumped from Q1 CY2018 to Q3 CY2018 with no updates. There's very little insight on what's happening behind the curtain.