Create a roadmap of planned features for Azure so we know what to expect as developers
Right now as a developer I feel a bit in the dark of what is coming next to azure. There are really great ideas on here, a small handful have been confirmed.
I have been told to wait for PDC 2010 - seem arbitrary. We arn't launcing an iPod here! There are things that are needed here, there is no reason to keep us in the dark.
Too often changes are being implemented onto the production Azure platform without the ability for devs to test / validate that the changes won't affect their production apps. Need to know what is in the pipeline, when it will be applied, and what to look for to evaluate the impact. Right now, we don't know something will affect us until our production site goes down.
Good Suggestion. Stay tuned.
Steve Cole commented
I've been looking for a roadmap (nearly 3 years on from Haris' response), and can't seem to find anything. Surely, you can create some sort of permanent roadmap webpage, and not just the occasional comment in a blog post?
I appreciate you might not be able to be precise with dates, but knowing particular features will become available (or not) at some point within the next year can be helpful for planning.
This is critical for business planning purposes also. My business is 100% Azure reliant. Advance notice advisories of ALL planned/significant service improvements/changes would help tremendously with my planning. As Azure gets even better with more features/choices, decisions become more complex and require more lead time. Posting something like a running implementation schedule would be would be most helpful at this point. Thanks.
Haris Majeed commented
Thanks for the feedback, Ryan. We're discussing internally how we can improve our approach to roadmap disclosure going forward.
In the interim, we made a number of announcements at PDC today, including disclosure of several roadmap items that will be coming in 2011. You can check out the details here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2010/10/28/you-spoke-we-listened-and-responded.aspx