2016 was in many ways a banner year for Microsoft with innovations across its product suites – SharePoint and Office 365 in particular. The release of SharePoint 2016 and hugely successful updates and upgrades in Office 365 led many companies to rethink their approach to collaboration and productivity software. Announcements like Intranet in your pocket, Microsoft Teams and the makeover of Office 365 with exciting features and extensions have only raised public expectation for 2017. Microsoft has also been hinting at some great announcements for 2017 to continue on this path of powering digital transformation and productivity. Here’s taking some calculated guesses to the trajectory Microsoft will take this year: 1. Better Integration With Dynamics 365: While Dynamics 365 – Microsoft’s big data and analytics suite – and Office 365 are already integrated to a certain degree, 2017 is likely to see better integration between the two cloud services. Tighter collaboration between the two will lead to seamless data flow across Office 365 core products – for example leveraging Outlook for your analytics ecosystem. Both Dynamics 365 and Office 365 have exceptional capabilities, the combination is quite potent and greater than the sum of its parts. 2. ECM Metadata, Templates And Content Types: Enterprise Content Management is gaining traction and who better than Microsoft with its powerful suite of products to lead the way. It is likely that Microsoft will step up its investment in ECM – especially in content types, meta-data, and templates. SharePoint appears to be lagging behind in enterprise document management. Some of the features released in 2010 – those related to document sets and document IDs have not seen much improvement for the past 7 years and it is likely to change now. 3. Integration Of Flow With Dynamics CRM And Team Sites: Flow and PowerApps have remarkable potential for automating tasks, simplifying routine work processes and connecting the workforce across offices. The release of Team Sites and integration with Flow and PowerApps will have significant benefits for Office users. 4. The General Availability Of Microsoft Teams: Microsoft is likely to release an upgrade to Office in 2017, but what is most interesting for business users is the combined abilities of the trio – Skype for Business, LinkedIn and the new Teams. We expect Microsoft to connect the real-time contact and networking data found on LinkedIn into Office, Outlook and S4B – available as an option on Linkedin.com. Teams is touted to be nemesis of Slack, and can do an excellent job of integrating Trello-like workflow features to give competition a run for their money. 5. Yammer Integration: Despite speculations and rumors that Yammer will be dropped, we see continued investment from Microsoft in the platform. You can now embed Office 365 Groups functionality into Yammer Groups and also create new Office 365 based groups linked to Yammer. The new integration will help users to manage the overlapping services and their users. This will be further connected with Outlook Calendar, leading to more enhancements in Yammer integration with SharePoint online and planner. The great news is that all these products are well integrated within the company’s active directory so that IT has better control over the structure. As Microsoft continues to release communication and collaboration products and enhancements, businesses will need a clear roadmap and control to manage their Office 365 environments. Can you foresee any major changes or announcements in SharePoint or Office 365? We would like to hear your comments in the section below.