FIR Interview with Microsoft’s Paolo Tosolini on Academy Mobile: Dec 3, 2007

Academy MobileIn July 2007, Microsoft introduced Academy Mobile, an internal social computing initiative aimed at creating a knowledge sharing environment among employees through the use of videocasts and podcasts.

Academy Mobile is the latest in a series of online learning initiatives developed within the Enterprise Partner Group at Microsoft where employees can create, watch, listen and share videocasts or podcasts with peers; subscribe to specific search queries, presenters or tags; and download content onto their mobile devices.

In this FIR Interview, Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz talked with Paolo Tosolini, New Media Business Manager at Microsoft, about Academy Mobile including discussion on its objectives, how the programme was developed, aspects about the platform on which it runs, and communication and organizational challenges in rolling out such a programme globally.

About our Conversation Partner

Paolo TosoliniPaolo Tosolini is a New Media Business Manager at Microsoft responsible for a new internal corporate initiative called Academy Mobile (description and video). Funded by the Microsoft Enterprise & Partner Group, Academy Mobile is a social media platform available to all Microsoft employees to share knowledge and best practices using podcasts.

Prior to this role, Paolo worked in several other groups at Microsoft, including MSN and Office, where he managed the Office 2007 partner early adoption program that resulted in more than 500 partner solutions developed at launch.

Paolo is also co-author with his wife Francesca of a blog, podcast and e-Book called Italy From The Inside, where they share travel and cultural tips about Italy using new media.

download for immediate release podcast

Download the 34-minute conversation here (MP3, 15.8MB), or sign up for the Interviews RSS feed to get it and future interviews automatically. For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as the free Juice, DopplerRadio or iTunes, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon. To receive all For Immediate Release podcasts including the twice-weekly Hobson & Holtz Report, sign up for the full RSS feed.

If you have comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future interviews, email us at; or call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America) or +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe); or Skype: fircomments; or comment at Twitter:; or at Jaiku: You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

Podsafe intro music – On A Podcast Instrumental Mix (MP3, 5Mb) by Cruisebox.

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.