As an Chief Architect at AvePoint now for nearly a year and a half now, I know what it takes to ship software, and it was great to see Kirk Koenigsbauer announce the RTM milestone last night.
I have been working with SharePoint 2013 now for quite some time prior to the public Preview in July with my work here at AvePoint. I really understand the work that goes into getting all the ducks in a row and dealing with all the moving parts that software involves. I just wanted to congratulate the product group for reaching the RTM milestone! Just in time for the SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas in a few weeks too!
So, what does that mean for us SharePointers? Well, mid-November there will be RTM drops on TechNet and MSDN for us to play with so we can rebuild environments and dump our Preview environments we built in July. Customers with Software Assurance will also be able to grab this and start rolling it out at the same time too.
The real interesting part is that Office 365 Enterprise customers will be getting some “new capabilities” in November via a service update. There is no definitive news on what that actually means right now. No news just yet on when Office 365 Standard customers will get some “new capabilites”, but I’m sure that is coming down the pipe too.