Coauthoring, tool in Office 2010, allows multiple people to seamlessly work on a single copy of a document at the same time or at different times.
Office 2010 has reached release-to-manufacturing (RTM). Microsoft started a new “Behind the Scenes” series profiling some talented team members. This week meet Jonathan Bailor helped developing “coauthoring,” tool in Office 2010. Using SharePoint Server 2010, the tool allows multiple people to work on a single copy of a document at the same time or at different times, seamlessly, whether they’re online or offline.” Before coauthoring, people trying to work simultaneously would get locked out if one person was already working. A document sent out for review to multiple people often would come back with edits from each person, leaving one person to have to try to compile everyone’s changes. And, although e-mail made collaborating easier in some ways, it also introduced a whole new set of woes, including version control. “That’s when you’d start to see file names like SpendingReport_final_Tuesday_reallyfinal.doc,” Bailor says with a laugh. “Because of this, we worked with customers to develop a user model that keeps them in control while making sharing simple. They save to share just like they always have when working with documents on servers, and now saving will also bring others’ changes into their document seamlessly. So far users’ve found this to be a great way to share & collaborate without introducing new disruptions or complexity,” said Jonathan.