Announcing the GigJam Invitation Preview—a new way to work

Today’s post was written by Vijay Mital, general manager of the Ambient Computing team.

Last fall, we unveiled the Private Preview of GigJam, a new product coming to Office 365 later this year that helps break down barriers between devices, apps and people. There has been a lot of progress since then and today we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding from the Private Preview to the GigJam Invitation Preview—now available to everyone who signed up for early access on the GigJam site. If you’ve already registered, look for an email inviting you to download GigJam.

What is GigJam?

Today, it’s hard to take what you’re working on and share just a portion of it momentarily with someone else. This means you miss opportunities to accelerate work, get spot input or get instant closure on actions. For instance, you want the person across the table to help respond to an urgent customer email but you don’t want to hand over your phone in case they hit Send, navigate back or see who is on the cc: line. Similarly, you can’t selectively reveal a few clauses in a contract without leaving the entire file behind. Finally, you can’t spontaneously take a couple of Salesforce orders and related Outlook emails and have a vendor help you update the information directly in the forms without sending over sensitive pricing and customer details.

GigJam helps you spontaneously and momentarily involve others in your work. You just summon all the live information you need, divvy it up by circling what you want to share and crossing out what you don’t and control what others can see or even co-work with you in real time. Now you can finally involve others inside and outside your organization to help you get work done in the moment.

These videos show just a few examples of how GigJam lets you change the way you work.

Watch this video and see how to get instant help and closure on a customer email:

This video shows how you can get spot feedback on a work in progress:

To see how to safely get a partner’s input, watch this video:

What’s next?

The Invitation Preview is available now for Windows and Mac OS X, with an iOS Preview coming soon. When you receive your invitation, download GigJam and start using it with anyone, even those without an invite.

If you haven’t yet signed up, visit the GigJam site and register to receive an invitation.

Over the coming weeks, we will be working hard to act on your feedback. We are targeting general availability as part of Office 365 later this year, so please stay tuned!

—Vijay Mital