One of the clear benefits to working online is the ability to collaborate in real-time with one’s colleagues. Being able to debate changes and additions across thousands of miles is of particular benefit to firms with employees and clients scattered globally, given that many of these companies use Microsoft Office to conduct their business, there was a particularly strong opportunity available.
At last Microsoft has combined its Office Online software with its instant-messaging/video communication service, Skype, allowing users to work on documents together, no matter where they are in the world. At the moment, the service is only available for Office Online Word and Office Online Powerpoint. All users need to get started is a Microsoft account and a Skype account, though the two accounts can easily be linked for easier access if required.
Users are encouraged to provide feedback to Microsoft regarding this change, as they are regarding others, in order to see the user experience continually refined and improved, to the benefit of all.
Will you be collaborating in this way via Office Online? Let us know in the comments below.Further reading: Microsoft, Office 365, Skype