OfficeTalk is new Microblogging Product by Microsoft

Microsoft is opening up a new office software called OfficeTalk in a "limited private pilot" scheme. The service is basically akin to Yammer and on a smaller scale, a Twitter rival.

The OfficeTalk project is described as "a concept test to explore the value of microblogging in the enterprise." Put simply, the software lets company members take part in discussions relevant to the workplace.

Unlike other solutions, OfficeTalk is hosted within the customer's organization, which could be a boon for those ultra concerned about privacy.

Due to its early-stage concept, Microsoft admits the software looks rather similar to other "well-known" services (complete with hashtags and @names) but is looking for user feedback to improve the service.

OfficeTalk is currently used internally at Microsoft with more than 10,000 visitors and hundreds of messages posted daily. The software giant is looking for a very small number of companies who'd like to pilot the software.

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