Microsoft testing twitter-like "OfficeTalk"

Microsoft is currently testing an internal version of Twitter named "OfficeTalk".

The product, made by Microsoft Office Labs, is a cross between Twitter and Yammer according to Mary Jo Foley. OfficeTalk is directed at private and internal communication in enterprises and organizations. Microsoft states that OfficeTalk is in a limited private pilot for research purposes for now. The project is listed as a concept test on Microsoft's Office Labs site.

"OfficeTalk is deployed internally at Microsoft and has seen over 10,000 visitors and hundreds of messages posted daily. We're now making OfficeTalk available to a few customers in a small pilot test," according to a Microsoft spokesperson. Microsoft has not announced any plans to bring the project out of the research phase.

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There are too many Twitter-like services out there. Eventually, we're either gonna have to come to a standard, or some sort of cross platform solution. It'll be interesting to see where Microsoft goes with this.

Another distraction to inhibit productivity at the workplace. Since it's a Microsoft product, it's unlikely that it'll be blocked outright by corporate proxies too. Thanks for giving us the ability to tell others we're updating our Excel spreadsheets in real time, Microsoft!

bjoswald said,
Another distraction to inhibit productivity at the workplace. Since it's a Microsoft product, it's unlikely that it'll be blocked outright by corporate proxies too. Thanks for giving us the ability to tell others we're updating our Excel spreadsheets in real time, Microsoft!

One day, walking to someones office will be a thing of the past.

bjoswald said,
Another distraction to inhibit productivity at the workplace. Since it's a Microsoft product, it's unlikely that it'll be blocked outright by corporate proxies too. Thanks for giving us the ability to tell others we're updating our Excel spreadsheets in real time, Microsoft!

Actually, email and services like this allow for MORE productivity because someone isn't constantly knocking at your door interrupting your work day. There's a lot to be said about more passive communication methods.