CTO Straight Talk Issue 4 - 21

From Me Apps
to a We App
When Microsoft set out
to build a new tool for its
Office 365 suite -- one that
has become a hallmark of
the COVID-19 remote work
environment -- the team took
an unusual approach: the
development process would
mirror the product
being developed.

Before joining MSCI in mid-2018,
I was head of engineering for Microsoft
Teams, a new collaboration product for
Office 365. When we began working in
early 2015 on what would become Teams,
we knew we needed to approach the
project in an entirely new way-a way that
reflected our goals for the new tool.
Over the years, Microsoft had developed
and improved upon personal productivity
software for the workplace, from the
earliest versions of Microsoft Word and
Excel in the 1980s to our email software in
the 1990s to the Office 365 suite of hosted
tools introduced in 2011.
With Teams, however, w
we aimed to create
a " we app, " not a " me app " .
a
It would
be a tool engineered to support group
collaboration in a world in which teamwork
is increasingly at the center
ce
of everything
-- though we never quit
quite imagined the
central role Teams woul
would play in a world
necessitated by the
of remote work necessit
coronavirus pandemic.

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