” So we end up with a release cycle composed of multiple incremental updates leading up to a major release every three years or so. The shift to the new cadence has caused some problems to emerge that customers see as quality issues slipping through into the updates. Perry’s view is that the model is now settling down as Microsoft and customers become accustomed to it, and he is confident that the “incremental stream [of updates] will be much more robust going forward.
” Getting back to the topic of the cloud and why so much importance is being put on cloud platforms today, Perry and I discussed how Microsoft developed the plan to transform Exchange into a cloud-capable application.
Perry related that after the release of Exchange 2003, Microsoft had to chart out a plan to bring Exchange into a state where the team could deal with some of the technical developments that they could predict at the time and fix some of the deep technical and architectural flaws that had been introduced in Exchange 2000.