By Amon Cohen
Microsoft Assessing Impact Of
Telepresence On Product Development
Microsoft has started measur-
ing the effectiveness of its tele-
presence suites in terms of how
quickly they are helping users
bring new products to market,
the company’s EMEA travel man-
ager, Julia Heesterman, said at
the NBTA Europe conference in
Lisbon this month. Microsoft has
opened telepresence suites at its
offices in Seattle, Singapore and
Reading, U.K., with more poised
“Telepresence users are required
to fill in detailed post-meeting
questionnaires on their use of the
technology,” she said. Heesterman
added that Microsoft’s IT depart-
ment is comparing speed of prod-
uct development between proj-
ects where employees collaborate
through telepresence meetings
and those which do not.
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