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FIRST LOOK: Ray Ozzie's Talko cloud calling/messaging iPhone app

Bob Brown | Sept. 24, 2014
Here's a quick look at the new Talko app for group discussion.

As we talked our way through the app (and yes, the app did get us to talk on a day when we might have otherwise relied strictly on email to connect between our separate offices), we brainstormed about how we might actually use Talko.

Could it be useful in a case where a reporter is out in the field, say covering a conference keynote address, sending along a photo, letting the editor listen to the keynoter, while the reporter texts his or her thoughts? Maybe. Or could it work for planning a news story among editors and reporters? Perhaps, though we would need to wait until the app is available on more smartphone brands.

As one colleague suggested, this has the feel of a tool that could wind up part of a broader offering (oh, say like Ozzie's earlier Groove and Microsoft SharePoint).

Then again, maybe Ozzie is onto something here. He's definitely enthusiastic about bringing voice back to its rightful place: He blogged: "I passionately believe that there's immense latent potential in voice --  to convey tone and emotion, to quickly resolve issues, to make decisions and to get things done. There's simply no faster and no more effective way to express essential emotions such as urgency, anxiety, understanding, confidence or trust. Quite simply, amazing things can happen when we just choose to talk."

In fact, one of the reasons I've kept tabs on Ozzie over the years is that he is a guy willing to talk. I remember sniffing around on Groove years ago before it was announced and came across Ozzie's home number. I called him, he answered and we chatted.


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