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Microsoft GigJam

Microsoft's new collaboration tool is a fantastic idea, but the implementation needs to improve.
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Accepting an invite

Windows 10 warns you you'll need a new app and tries to take you to the Store -- but GigJam isn't a Store app.

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Login

You can sign into GigJam with a Google, Microsoft or Office 365 account.

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Opening prompt

GigJam gives you some hints about the interface when you first open it, but not when you're using it.

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Adding sources

You can add sources from the hamburger menu.

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Speak or type

There's limited help within GigJam: you can speak or type what you want to do in order to access shortcuts to services.

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Connect Outlook

When you select a service, you can see what permissions GigJam needs.

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Office permissions

Here are the permissions for connecting to Office 365.

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Cards

You can add cards from the pane of services.

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Card size

You can't change the size of cards or move them closer together.

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Select and share

To share a card, you select it and then draw crosses through paragraphs you don't want to share.

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Email fail

Complex HTML email doesn't display well.

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Swiping and drawing

You use two fingers to scroll -- swiping with a single finger draws on the card instead.

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Two-finger scroll

Use a two-finger scroll to choose which slides to share in a presentation.

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Empty and disconnected

Outlook.com never found any contacts; Wunderlist would sometimes say it was disconnected.

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Linking cards

Select two cards and you can link them by mapping fields.

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Online only

GigJam only works when you're online.

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