Microsoft is teasing an important Office related announcement for next Wednesday, 2nd November.
That might not sound like a big deal, after all, Redmond is always boasting about ‘important’ announcements that turn out to be a damp squib.
We know this one is truly important because the head honcho, the big cheese, the main man himself, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be there. CEO’s don’t turn up for a point revision of an obscure API.
The smart money is on Microsoft’s answer to Slack – the real-time messaging system that’s taken many organizations by storm and left Redmond scrambling.
Most likely it’ll be called Microsoft Teams – not the most inspired name in the world.
Whatever is announced Microsoft says it will be “changing nature of collaboration and how we can empower every team to achieve more“, same as every other collaboration promise about MS Office for the last decade.
Slack and its clones are like Instant Messaging but attuned to the needs of organisations and teams. Documents can be shared, private groups created and direct messaging all to replace a lot of email.
If Microsoft is smart, they won’t just release Teams for businesses. They’ll have a free offering so people, families, friends, clubs etc can use the service and become as familiar with it as they are with Microsoft Office itself.