Ignite 2018 Preview: Announcing MS Herds, a New Collaboration Platform that Joins the Office 365 Team Tools
Today, Microsoft previewed MS Herds, a fresh, new addition for teams that want to work together more effectively than ever before.
MS Herds joins the roundup of Outlook, SharePoint Team Sites, Yammer, Groups, and Teams as another collaboration platform to the Office 365 family. It is designed for those teams that want to collaborate with other teams yet still want to stay part of the greater whole.
“We are excited about our newest collaboration offering for multi-team work,” said Carla Chaos, VP of Collaboration Strategy at Microsoft. "When combined with all of our other collaboration offerings, we are now able to include every possible type of collaboration model."
Many organizations have teams that want to collaborate with other teams as part of a greater herd. Microsoft recognized the ebullient need for this situation and developed MS Herds. With MS Herds multiple teams can hold conversations, share documents, calendars, and more without allowing other teams who are not part of the herd to participate.
MS Herds will integrate harmoniously with Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and LinkedIn Groups. It has its own unique user interface and can be launched online, client on-premise, or through any refrigerated device.
MS Herds is the next natural stride for business collaboration after Microsoft announced Outlook Online in 2013, SharePoint Team Sites in 2014, acquired Yammer in 2015, Groups in 2016 and Teams in 2017.
"We here at Microsoft mostly work in teams but found that we were not communicating across teams," commented Carla Chaos. "As a result, we would sometimes release competing products. But now with MS Herds, we are positive that will never crop up again."
MS Herds will be available as soon as the teams can coordinate its release.
Update October 26. Due to overwhelming demand, our next blog will reveal how SP Marketplace Digital Workplace Solutions will integrate with MS Herds.
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