Office 365 Distilled EP 43: The name of the game

In this episode we are trying to pose as the marketing team behind Office 365 that is naming the apps that come out. How would we name the different apps?

We are loving our new radio mics, a little conversation with whisky lover Sven. We are also dreaming about Ignite and the Red Party, being all virtual this year.
Also, what will be the new name of Project Cortex? ShareNo? Synaps?

What name would we give the apps?

This brings us in the funny mood to start renaming other applications!

Project Moca? Or Outlook Spaces? What is wrong with that name ?
Now that Microsoft used up all cities in the world as codenames (Oslo, Tahoe) they now resort to ice cream names?

Some apps have brilliant names! Forms ! Word!
But then… why would you Sway someone?
What access does Access give you? Access to your data?

OneDrive is a great name.. but what if we put the emphasis more on the personal aspect? MyDrive? MySpace? Then again, OneDrive is the ONE place where you can find all relevant content.

Teams? Where I can find my team info? Yes!!
But also the place where I can chat, have bots, have my tasks..
Can’t we just name it Frontdoor? Frontpage?

Power Apps? Great name! Power Automate? hmmm.. we could get the flow (from the workflow part) but we would call it Flautomate.

What about changing Office 365 to Microsoft 365? It is no longer about your office.. And now Marijn has to change his car..

A new car is needed now that we can’t call it Office 365 anymore

Publisher is great: you just publish stuff.
ToDo is great too: it is a list of your To do’s

What is a Visio? If it would be Visual Input Output… then we are flabbergasted because that is a brilliant name!

Windows? Does it open up a window of opportunity?

Azure? Sunshine and palm trees?

What will be the next Microsoft name? Like tornadoes or zoo’s, where they start with a particular letter or switching boys and girls names?

Whiskey: West Cork Distillery

Of course Steve couldn’t let the big Octomore discussion from last episode alone.. He brought in Sven, a real whisky lover to settle our argument once and for all.. And he just loved it!

For this episode, we are having a peated Irish whiskey, West Cork Distilleries! We get some plums, some hospital smell. Lychees on the nose.

Tastewise, it is Irish. Apples and Pears in the mouth but it lacks body. A lot of taste, but no oily mouthfeel. It is a nice drinking whisky, but without the peatiness and char it left us dissapointed. As a 4 o’ clock apperitive or a cocktail ingredient, this would be sufficient. It would go great with oysters.

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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