Microsoft is implementing a centralized notification channel for its Microsoft365 set with Office software which it says will provide a “mix of relevant content” for content users access or will be made available to them.
Quiet announced (opens in a new tab) as part of the Microsoft 365 roadmap for December 2022, which is scheduled to launch in January 2023, the feature, dubbed Microsoft Feed, is no doubt part of the effort to make collaboration software they have more, well, a sense of cooperation.
The news comes shortly after a separate announcement on the company’s website annual Ignite event in October 2022 (opens in a new tab) that the Microsoft 365 platform is being moved to a single desktop and mobile application, which will undoubtedly greatly facilitate the work of creating the impression of an ecosystem.
Collaboration features for businesses
Microsoft also used this year’s Ignite event to announce that its My Content hub, which collects all of a user’s documents in one tab regardless of what 365 app they were designed in, is now available to all users.
Despite the fact that both Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace are market leaders when it comes to workplace collaboration tools, the intuitive, centralized hub across the suite seems easier said than done for both companies.
Despite the progress, Microsoft for its part seems more committed to offering only the truth centralized tools and interfaces CEOs and IT administrators.
Google itself seems to focus on cleaning up the UI on individual Workspace apps rather than a centralized experience. some update for google drive for example, in June 2022, it made file sharing easier by putting options in one centralized panel.
Microsoft may want to take advantage of Google’s inactivity and convince users who are still hesitant about workplace collaboration software by offering an offering that is simply easier to use. His latest series of previews can certainly give them an edge.