Back in July, I announced my plans to retire the Practical 365 blog and focus my time and energy in other areas. I have been humbled by the response in the comments of that post, and in other places such as Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to let me know how much Exchange Server Pro and Practical 365 has helped you over the years.
Today I’m pleased to announce that the Practical 365 blog will live on under new ownership.
Shortly after my announcement in July, the team at Quadrotech – makers of several leading Office 365 migration, reporting, and management solutions – got in touch to ask if I would be willing to hand over this site and allow them to keep running Practical 365 for the community.
They are a long-time supporter and sponsor here at Practical 365, and CSO Dan Clark has been a guest on my podcast. They have several Microsoft MVPs on their team, and they regularly contribute useful resources to the Office 365 community.
The Future of Practical 365
When Dan explained his plans to keep running Practical 365 as an independent site, with articles written by MVPs and other experts in the field, he fulfilled my desire to have Practical 365 continue to be a valuable resource for the IT pro community.
Two members of the new editorial team have already been confirmed, with experienced MVPs Steve Goodman and Sigi Jagott collaborating on future content.
A joint statement reads:
We’re very excited to be joining the editorial team at Practical 365 as the site goes from strength to strength. Practical 365, and prior to that, Exchange Server Pro has been a go-to resource for many IT pros under Paul’s stewardship, and we're proud to be part of the next chapter.
As the Microsoft 365 suite continues to grow, we know it’s a massive challenge for IT professionals to keep up-to-date on new features, functionality and changes. Over the last six years, we’ve moved from server versions that are refreshed every three years, to one where rapid releases are the new normal.
This means that not only is there an expectation for IT pros to deliver new functionality to their organizations very quickly, but also a need to help people understand how best to use new features, in depth.
Sometimes it can feel like standing in front of a firehose – and that makes it really important for sites like Practical 365 to provide guides on how to use this technology in the real world.
With Microsoft Ignite just a couple of weeks away, many announcements will be made about Office 2019 servers – and the Microsoft 365 suite. The pace of change over the next year is set to increase, and we’re looking forward to helping provide independent, practical advice you can use, all in one place.”
You can expect to see announcements and blog content from the new leadership in the next couple of weeks. If you’re an email subscriber, you’ll also see the regular newsletters resuming service as well.
For those of you attending Ignite, Quadrotech will be exhibiting at booth #1037. The team will be happy to provide more detailed updates, and they’re keen to meet other industry professionals who would like to contribute to the future of Practical 365.
Thank you again to everyone for your support and encouragement over the years. And thank you to Dan, Steve and Sigi for stepping up and allowing Practical 365 to live on.