As if Productivity Score wasn't creepy enough, Microsoft has patented tech for 'meeting quality monitoring devices'

As if Productivity Score wasn't creepy enough, Microsoft has patented tech for 'meeting quality monitoring devices'

The slightly creepy "Productivity Score" may not be all that's in store for Microsoft 365 users, judging by a trawl of Redmond's patents.


One that has popped up recently concerns a "Meeting Insight Computing System", spotted first by GeekWire, created to give meetings a quality score with a view to improving upcoming get-togethers.


It all sounds innocent enough until you read about the requirement for "quality parameters" to be collected from "meeting quality monitoring devices", which might give some pause for thought.


Productivity Score relies on metrics captured within Microsoft 365 to assess how productive a company and its workers are. Metrics include the take-up of messaging platforms versus email. And though Microsoft has been quick to insist the motives behind the tech are pure, others have cast more of a jaundiced eye over the technology.


Meeting Insights, should it progress beyond the patent stage, looks set to double down on things.


Microsoft has been working on calendars cluttered with meetings for some time. Last month it added insights into Teams via Stay Connected and Protect Time experiences, designed to keep workers, er, focused. Stay Connected, it said, "will also make it easy to schedule meetings related to work, fun or wellbeing — or all three."


Meeting Insights would take things further by plugging data from a variety of de ..