Originally a Product Manager-driven project with no designers on board, I lead a small team—three people—that worked on developing a set of explorations focused on providing a modern experience for developers looking to collaborate in real time.
The initial phase of the project consisted of three months of heavy explorations of multiple scenarios. And the second phase, initially, consisted of me taking our learnings and working together with Microsoft Product Managers to bring those features to the then current version of Live Share.
Taking cues from popular collaboration tools like Figma, Google Docs or Dropbox Paper, users of Live Share can see ("follow") their collaborators' actions in real time. That includes their current position within a document (and indeed, the project), editing and text highlighting.
The main focus of our explorations was awareness. “Where are the people in my session?”, “Can people look at all the files in my project?”, or “How can I interact with these collaborators?” were some of the questions we were trying to answer in the process.
Due to the STRV reorg, I had to step down as an active designer for this project. However, I kept overseeing the work until Live Share went back to be worked on internally at Microsoft.
My team’s explorations paved the way for further design explorations by Microsoft’s internal teams to optimise this exciting product now that it’s out.