Here’s a new look at Microsoft’s wacky work sharing app — it’s so crazy it just might work

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Microsoft GigJam running on an iPhone.
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Matt Weinberger

Last summer, Microsoft announced a new work-sharing apps called GigJam – an idea for breaking work down into “molecules” and then sharing it.

It was hard to understand from the description. But last September, I witnessed a demo of the app, and I have to say: GigJam is so crazy that it just might work.

Today, Microsoft is entering an invitation-only phase for GigJam, bringing it just a little closer to general availability.

And to go alongside that news, Microsoft has given us a new look into the current state of GigJam, how it works, and how it can make communication and sharing so much more efficient.


GigJam will work on smartphones, Windows, and Mac.

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Basically, it lets you pull up a bunch of business data from various sources — Salesforce, Outlook, Microsoft Office 365, LinkedIn, whatever — either by typing or by using voice controls.

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You circle the stuff you want to share with either your finger or stylus, and “X” out the stuff you don’t want other people to see.

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You can even select data from multiple sources.

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Here’s a video showing how GigJam can help with instant feedback on a customer email…


And another video showing how it can be used alongside tools like Salesforce, Asana, and Outlook to get work done.