Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

Summary: Microsoft shows in a recent job ad that they plan to integrate Office 15 instant messaging features into social networks like Facebook.

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A brand-new job ad posted on Microsoft's Careers Web site this morning has given us quite a tasty morsel to whet our Office 15 appetites. This news helps to continue painting a picture of Office 15 as we have previously seenin other job ads, online resumes, and recently leaked screen shots. How/if Microsoft will make Office 15 tie into Windows 8 is still a mystery, but after reading this, I wouldn't be surprised to see some out-of-the-box thinking where Windows integration is concerned -- perhaps even on the developer front. Straight from the job ad (emphasis added by yours truly):

The Lync Server team is building the next generation of unified communications and collaboration solution for the enterprise and Office 365, transforming the way Information Workers communicate. If you are interested in driving industry leadership & vision for Collaboration from any device anywhere any time while working in an environment that also values execution; the Lync server team is for you! For Office 15 we’re building new products to deliver integration of instant messaging/presence with social networks such as Facebook. In addition, develop Lync XMPP server to deliver seem less interoperation with other XMPP based IM/Presence/Conferencing solutions.

Just in case Microsoft decides to delete the ad, here's a screen shot for proof. Now, what do you think Microsoft hopes to achieve by integrating instant messaging into social networks? Personally, I'm struggling a bit to find the usefulness. Considering many companies utilize Communicator for their instant messaging needs and block social networking avenues from employee usage, does Microsoft really have a large enough market pinned to follow through with something like this? Let me know your thoughts in comments below!

Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Software

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  • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

    Could be damn useful if fit for and applied to collaborative innovation and R&D. Sort of bringing in the "virtual watercooler" to drive social cohesion between cross-company networking teams.
    WijmanCoaching
    • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

      I thought Sharepoint was supposed to do that.

      No?
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    • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

      @WijmanCoaching - Yeah, that's what im thinking not only cross-company but internally help employees to co-ordinate at the same time when they update or save any file and just ping others about the same.
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  • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

    Good to see MS taking XMPP seriously. Given social networks like Facebook already use XMPP for their IM I think it's obvious why, people can chat to each other on different networks via XMPP! :)
    dmbanes
  • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

    when will it come out?
    Wolf1441
  • smart

    The usefulness can be found in the younger generation. If you want to attract the younger people you need to think and work the way they do. It is quite easy to see that younger people tend to facebook, IM, surf and do work all at the same time. If anything I find myself these days working on something just to see an IM pop up and me have to click to see what they want...if you use these technologies you know that being available and trying to do work involves too much switching back and forth...I have two monitors to keep IM up, Outlook visible and my word or excel documents too...I don't want to go to the task bar, I want it all visible and the ease of switching. Keep in mind when they say 'facebook' they mean SharePoint as well. If I'm working on stuff and waiting on someone else in my team to finish something I like to know they checked in or posted something on our site and not have to go look. Hopefully they let me know (via IM) but in the event they don't, I'd like status updates right there visible in what I'm working on so I know when I can get their stuff. I think Microsoft's on the right track with this...we just need bigger monitors.
    GeiselS
  • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

    Our company is similar to yours, we block social networks so this feature wouldn't have much value. I imagine they will do something like Sametime in that you have the corporate IM and you can also use AOL IM if its not blocked.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

    I imagine that this feature would allow you to use Lync to IM colleagues who sign-in to Facebook chat.

    Interesting, but hardly astounding.
    bitcrazed
    • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

      @bitcrazed I have not tried facebook, but instant messaging support to aim and yahoo is already there. No, this goes deeper than that. This is publishing your report from word to a facebook message and sending out a tweet.
      Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

    And what about the Live Messenger? Will it switch to XMPP too? (HTML, Audio, Video is available in XMPP)
    Lastwebpage
  • seem less interoperation?

    I think that should be seamless interoperation. Maybe they should use the grammar checker in Office for job postings?
    recurvebowyer
    • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social networks like Facebook

      @recurvebowyer

      ...or hire people who can actually compose simple English sentences.
      Vinny_z
  • RE: Office 15: Microsoft planning instant messaging feature for social netw

    Microsoft has already removed it... :) Lol... :)
    sunny.3mysore
  • Planning? It is already there

    Microsoft already has great social features with mysites and user profiles. Lync adds external instant messaging today. What Office 15 is doing is extending that functionality. Imagine being able to tweet that your report is available on your sharepoint site from within Microsoft Word. That is what they are talking about.
    Your Non Advocate
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