Microsoft Debuts GigJam, High-End Office 365 Plan at WPC
At the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft's partners get a glimpse of a new app that makes copying, pasting and emailing information from business apps a thing of the past.Joining the Cortana Analytics Suite at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Orlando, Fla., this week were several announcements that not only affect the company's product and services slate, but also the strategies of the tech giant's partner companies. Among the new products taking the stage during the event is Project GigJam. "As part of the company's ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced Project GigJam, an unprecedented new way for people to accomplish their business tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people," Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group, said in a statement. "GigJam empowers business workers to summon information from their line of business and SaaS apps, spontaneously divvy up the specific information and actions needed to get work done, keep track of each part, and bring it all to closure immediately," Sorgen continued. Microsoft is currently accepting sign-ups for an upcoming preview of the application. During an on-stage demonstration of the collaborative task-centric app, Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office, showed how users can ask Cortana to fill the GigJam canvas with customer information and open order. By linking the information with a hastily drawn circle on-screen, White was able to map the data from two separate data sets.
For added context, she was able to pull in related emails, discover an issue affecting sales and share it with colleagues. By crossing out confidential orders before sharing her findings, White was able to adhere to privacy requirements.