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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/17/2012 | 2:09:58 PM
re: Microsoft Office 2013 Built For Social Sharing
BTW, the two enterprise technology leaders I quoted both said they initially had misgivings that the new Windows 8 Metro user interface was too radical a departure (with things like the disappearance of the Start button) and the way the Office suite mimics that styling. However, they said they and the other testers on their staffs picked it up very quickly because of the way it's modeled after a consumer electronics experience.

I find I'm still getting lost in the UI a bit, but I've only been using it for a day.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/17/2012 | 2:04:17 PM
re: Microsoft Office 2013 Built For Social Sharing
Although Microsoft's goal is clearly to make social pervasive throughout Office, I should note that I found a few holes in preliminary testing, using the Samsung tablet loaded with Windows 8 preview that they loaned me. The Office 365 social experience demos well, but in the process of trying to flesh out my news feed with more people I would like to follow, I noticed that option did not appear in some places where I would expect it to. For example, when searching the test instance populated by Microsoft personnel and other reviewers, I found that the People tab seemed to list only email contacts, not people I was following in my stream (another sort of contact). I could search and add new Outlook contacts from that portion of the interface, but there was no option to add those folks to the list of people I was following. Or if there was a way, it wasn't obvious.

This preview release is still months away from general availability, however, so there's time for gaps like that to be filled in.

Overall, I thought the effort Microsoft has put in to making SharePoint / Office 365 a more full fleshed social environment is paying off. Maybe the engineers from Yammer will be a good influence and help Microsoft get the rest of the way there.


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