Microsoft is launching a new digital publication, WorkLab, to highlight research, science-based insights, and stories around the future of work. Through the publication, Microsoft will share the thinking and processes that influence the creation of products and features.

With WorkLab, Microsoft intends to take people on a journey of the science of work and innovation by Microsoft scientists, researchers, engineers, and business leaders.

Corporate Vice President of Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, Jared Spataro made the announcement in a blog post today.

“We aim to make WorkLab a destination for sharing science-based insight and thoughtful, compelling stories on how work is changing.
… we’re launching WorkLab, a new digital publication devoted to illuminating the future of work, grounded in research and the lessons of the pandemic a year in.”

The website currently has stories showing how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced product innovations across Microsoft 365.

In Microsoft Teams for example the company says digital pager systems and walkie talkie features were developed to help frontline workers. Microsoft introduced Focus Assist in Windows 10 to curb digital distractions after productivity researchers identified different types of workplace distractions. Research scientists also helped in developing the Together mode feature in Microsoft Teams, so people can feel more connected and focused in meetings.

Jeff Teper, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Microsoft 365 and Teams engineering made this statement about WorkLab.

Today, I am excited to help introduce WorkLab, a site focused on the future of work. WorkLab leverages Microsoft expertise and research, as well as customer voices, to spark conversation on the changing world of work.
You’ll hear from an expert on workplace friendships; learn about the technology opportunity for frontline workers; and discover new ways to find balance in the ever-evolving workday.

Microsoft will use WorkLab to start and listen to conversations on the changing world of work and shape tools and products through these conversations.