Microsoft takes on Slack with a free version of Teams

Full Article : Computerworld – In another sign of how heated the collaboration software market is getting, Microsoft has launched a free version of Teams, offering access to the group messaging and collaboration app … Read more

GoToMeeting adds AI transcription features, Amazon Alexa integration

Full Article : Computerworld – LogMeIn has updated its GoToMeeting video and audio conference platform with new features that include a text chat function, AI transcription service and integration with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. … Read more

Slack outage causes disruption, but highlights importance of team chat

Full Article : Computerworld – Slack users were unable to access the team chat tool for several hours on Wednesday, after “connectivity issues” knocked the app offline. Although service resumed later that day, it … Read more

Want a more digital workplace? You’ll have to overcome resistance to tech

Full Article : Computerworld – With more employees turning to collaboration and mobility tools to do their jobs away from the office, the way companies work is clearly changing. The range of technologies available … Read more

Microsoft Teams: Its features, how it compares to Slack and other rivals

Full Article : Computerworld – Microsoft launched Teams last year as its own take on the booming market for group messaging apps led by Slack and now also fought over by Google, Facebook and … Read more

Weight Watchers turns to Facebook’s Workplace to connect 18,000 workers

Full Article : Computerworld – Weight Watchers has deployed Facebook’s Workplace enterprise social network with the aim of connecting its 18,000-strong global workforce. And the rollout, which began in January, is already considered a … Read more

Alexa gets smart meeting scheduling, a boost to its workplace presence

Full Article : Computerworld – Amazon has made it easier for business users to manage personal schedules via Alexa voice commands, adding the ability to move appointments and schedule meetings based on participants’ availability.  … Read more

Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 puts Teams collaboration at its core

Full Article : Computerworld – Microsoft has unveiled its updated Surface Hub digital whiteboard, improving collaboration capabilities with software and hardware features. The Surface Hub 2 – set to launch in 2019 – features … Read more

Slack touts 8M users as team collaboration competition intensifies

Full Article : Computerworld – Slack continues to grow at a fast clip despite strong competition from Microsoft and other large vendors. Slack effectively created the market for team-based chat tools when it debuted … Read more

Facebook bolsters Workplace with 50 new app integrations

Full Article : Computerworld – Facebook has updated its Workplace business software with 50 new app integrations from the likes of ServiceNow, Atlassian’s Jira Cloud and Microsoft Sharepoint.  Workplace, launched in late 2016 to … Read more

Cisco shakes up collaboration efforts; morphs Spark into Webex

Full Article : Computerworld – Cisco’s collaboration business is evolving, with new leadership poised to take over and a new emphasis on artificial intelligence. The company recently announced that its Spark team messaging app … Read more

What is Trello? A guide to Atlassian’s collaboration and work management tool

Full Article : Computerworld – Trello has grown quickly since it spun off from software firm Fog Creek three years ago, adding millions of users every few months. And it shows no sign of … Read more

Slack’s Enterprise Grid gets security and compliance enhancements

Full Article : Computerworld – Slack has unveiled a raft of new security and compliance features aimed at boosting the appeal of its Enterprise Grid product among IT leaders and admins. While Slack has … Read more

Report: AI assistants and chatbots gain traction in the enterprise

Full Article : Computerworld – Despite concerns over data privacy and immature technology, AI assistants and chatbots are gaining a foothold among businesses, according to a report from IT professional network Spiceworks. The report, … Read more

Atlassian Stride gets general release, adds Google Drive and Dropbox integrations

Full Article : Computerworld – Atlassian’s team chat app Stride, unveiled as a limited release product last September, is now available publicly and offers new integrations with Google Drive and Dropbox.  Stride has been … Read more

IBM’s new Watson Assistant targets business with ‘white label’ service

Full Article : Computerworld – IBM is jumping into the digital assistant market with its own voice-activated Watson Assistant, an artificial intelligence-based system that takes a different approach than other players in the market … Read more

A.I. and speech advances bring virtual assistants to work

Full Article : Computerworld – ORLANDO, Fla. – Speech recognition technologies have improved so much in recent years – thanks to cloud computing and advances in machine learning – that the virtual assistants created … Read more

Microsoft lays out a Teams vision for intelligent communications

Full Article : Computerworld – ORLANDO, Fla. – A year after its launch, Microsoft’s Teams collaboration tool is gaining traction among users and maturing as a communications platform, Microsoft officials said at this week’s … Read more

The collaboration conundrum: Companies look to consolidate around team chat apps

Full Article : Computerworld – ORLANDO, Fla. – The wide variety of collaboration and communications tools now available to businesses can help connect employees in different locations, but can also result in fragmented and … Read more

Google’s Hangouts Chat collaboration app hits a booming market

Full Article : Computerworld – Google this week officially launched its Hangouts Chat app, the company’s take on the booming market for chat-based collaboration.  Hangouts Chat functions much like other group chat tools such … Read more