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GigJam, Microsoft's new collaboration app, is now available to everyone

Once invite-only, Redmond's latest Office add-on can be had by anyone with a Mac, iPhone, iPad or Windows PC.

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Microsoft's latest Office component is now available to anyone and everyone.

GigJam, a collaboration app, was previously accessible just as an invite-only beta. But as of yesterday, the preview version is available to all. And in the tradition of CEO Satya Nadella's cloud-friendly, OS-agnostic Microsoft, the cross-platform app runs on Macs, iPhones and iPads, in addition to Windows PCs. (Users of Android and Windows 10 Mobile are, for the time being at least, out of luck.)

While Microsoft Office has long offered cloud-based document sharing, GigJam lets users selectively share portions of documents. The demo video shows how one can just cross out whole paragraphs and leave others for comment or editing. "Show a draft brochure to your designer, but only the text to your copywriter," said Vijay Mital, general manager of the Microsoft's Ambient Computing team, in his blog post announcing GigJam's wider availability.

You can download the free GigJam Preview from Microsoft or your device's app store. Look for it to be incorporated into Office 365, Microsoft's online productivity suite, later this year.