Microsoft's OfficeTalk Moves Toward Commercialization

Microsoft's enterprise-focused microblogging technology program "OfficeTalk" may soon be released commercially if reports today are to be believed. OfficeTalk, one of the projects launched via Microsoft's Office Labs in 2010, is a social-networking tool for businesses. From screen shots and reports, it looks and feels similar to Salesforce's Chatter or Yammer's Yammer.According to Steve Clayton, […]

Microsoft's enterprise-focused microblogging technology program "OfficeTalk" may soon be released commercially if reports today are to be believed. OfficeTalk, one of the projects launched via Microsoft's Office Labs in 2010, is a social-networking tool for businesses. From screen shots and reports, it looks and feels similar to Salesforce's Chatter or Yammer's Yammer.

According to Steve Clayton, "OfficeTalk has advanced considerably". Clayton's post focuses on "The Garage," a place for Microsoft employees to hash out and incubate new ideas. The Garage is another project under Chris Pratley.

Clayton quotes Office Labs Program Manager Quinn Hawkins as saying OfficeTalk has pased the Microsoft "funded incubation" stage, and now "is being considered by the product teams."

Office Talk

"OfficeTalk is a good example of something that started as a project in The Garage, became a funded incubation, and now is being considered by the product teams," Quinn Hawkins, Program Manager in Office Labs said. "From that original idea, OfficeTalk is now used by thousands of folks around the company every day."

[tags]office labs,social media,social networking,salesforce,chatter,yammer,the Garage,microblogging[/tags]

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