Microsoft’s New GigJam App Takes on Composite Applications

Microsoft announced a new application called Project GigJam which is designed to create that unified portal type presentation layer through an application that can be used as a native composite app with your laptop, tablet or phone.

The basic metaphor is a user designs a “gig” (named for the gig economy) by adding a set of cards.  These cards are presentation views of underlying services, repositories or applications.  The user can link data together across multiple applications – for example, a customer stored in CRM and in SAP.  Once they have created their view the user can share it with colleagues, annotate them, etc.

The user can also hide items that they do not want to share simply by crossing them out:

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Co-authoring, co-reviewing and real time collaboration is also built as well as cortana voice integration.