Microsoft’s Knowledge Network

Microsoft has a project team developing a SharePoint plug-in that they refer to as Knowledge Network.   The project is focused on taking "what you know" – for example specific job skills or industry knowledge – and combining it with "who you know" – specifically your social network – to create a real time representation of your personal Knowledge Network that is controllable and shareable by you the user.

Check out the Microsoft Channel 9 clip here to get an overview of the product by team leads John Hand and Glen Anderson.

While I like the concept of blending what + who, the implementation does not strike me as very intuitive or user centric.  It seems to me the key to capturing and delivering the value of a user’s knowledge network should include making the user experience simple and easy to use.  Maybe that comes in the next release.

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