OfficeTalk: Microsoft's "concept test" of microblogging service for business'

The social media bug has bitten Microsoft, as the company look into ways to make social computing services part of business users’ lives with a new pilot program called “OfficeTalk,” ‘applies the base capabilities of microblogging to a business environment, enabling employees to post their thoughts, activities, and potentially valuable information to anyone who might […]

The social media bug has bitten Microsoft, as the company look into ways to make social computing services part of business users’ lives with a new pilot program called “OfficeTalk,” ‘applies the base capabilities of microblogging to a business environment, enabling employees to post their thoughts, activities, and potentially valuable information to anyone who might be interested.’ Office Labs described OfficeTalk as a research project, with no clear or definite commercialization path, and is focused on learning how people might use social networking tools at work and in what ways both people and organizations realize their value. It’s one of the team’s “Concept Tests,” like recently introduced Ribbon Hero training game, Canvas for OneNote add-on, and pptPlex zoomable canvas. Officials said OfficeTalk was “one of the most popular internal concept tests to date.” The Office Labs folks describe it as “pretty bare bones.” They’re allowing small number of pilots to fill out a brief survey to see if they qualify to test the service.

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