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How to keep up with the Azure roadmap

Many of my customers, where I had the chance to do a workshop about Azure or Office 365 asked me the same question every single time: “How do you keep track with the updates on the roadmap?” I have to admit, the question is eligible due to the fact, that there is an update on the roadmap for both products nearly every day. So as a good consultant, you would need to spend all of your time studying the roadmaps to be on track and give your customers the newest information and advices in order to sell the best services and solutions. Well, I guess we all know, that this can’t be done, except for people who don’t sleep. So i thought about a better way of how to keep track with the updates on the different roadmaps. Looking at the following 2 pages, where the roadmaps of Office 365 and Azure are displayed, I soon detected something on the Azure roadmap page, which I could use – RSS feeds. So take a look at the roadmaps if you like:

So I thought of a solution which should give me the possibility to stay on track, no matter where I am and which device I am using. That’s an ideal use case for Microsoft Teams. So basically what I have done is to built a Flow, which should be triggered if a RSS feed item is published and afterwards send the feed item summary to my Teams channel for later reading. So let’s head over to Flow and create a new one with the following trigger settings:

The RSS feed URL is the Azure roadmap URL followed by “/feed” (this can be found on the roadmap page as well). So paste it in there:

Now we only need to add an action which should post a message to my Teams channel, like this:

And if you saved it, you will soon see some new messages in your channel, which inform you about the latest Azure roadmap updates:

Unfortunately, I did not find anything similar for Office 365 as well, as there is no official RSS feed for this roadmap. But I’m pretty sure, they will add this to the O365 roadmap as well. So if this is there, I will update you on how to combine both of them with Teams in order to built up a roadmap update service…

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