Matthew Finnegan

Senior Reporter

Matthew Finnegan covers collaboration and other enterprise IT topics for Computerworld. He joined IDG in January 2013 and is based in Sweden.

VMware targets remote work security with Anywhere Workspace

VMware targets remote work security with Anywhere Workspace

Three tools from VMware’s portfolio — Workspace One, Carbon Black Cloud, and SASE — are now bundled, offering a suite of tools to simplify management of remote worker devices and applications.

Rethinking collaboration: 8 vendors offer new paths to remote work

Rethinking collaboration: 8 vendors offer new paths to remote work

With the need for efficient collaboration tools exploding in recent months, a variety of companies hope to refine how those tools work and what they can do. We look at eight now pushing the envelope.

Collaboration analytics: Yes, you can track employees. Should you?

Collaboration analytics: Yes, you can track employees. Should you?

Analytics tools provided by Microsoft, Slack, and other collaboration app vendors offer insights into communication patterns and other employee work habits. But companies should be wary of reading too much into the data — or abusing...

Cisco adds 'People Insights' analytics to Webex

Cisco adds 'People Insights' analytics to Webex

The company joins other tech vendors, including Microsoft and Google, in using worker analytics to focus on employee well-being and a healthy work/life balance.

Slack blocks public DM ‘invite messages’ after backlash

Slack blocks public DM ‘invite messages’ after backlash

Concerns over the potential harassment of individuals prompted Slack to swiftly change how its new direct messages feature works.

Gartner: Spending on social and collaboration software booms as remote work takes hold

Gartner: Spending on social and collaboration software booms as remote work takes hold

The research firm confirmed that companies have been rushing to spend money on tools needed to keep their employees connected and productive.

WFH boom makes ‘employee experience’ a C-suite priority, says Microsoft Viva chief

WFH boom makes ‘employee experience’ a C-suite priority, says Microsoft Viva chief

Microsoft's new employee experience platform, Viva, is central to the company's bid to roll out software that helps organizations better manage and support a remote or hybrid workforce, says Chuck Friedman.

Microsoft deepens Teams ties with Dynamics 365

Microsoft deepens Teams ties with Dynamics 365

Sales and customer service workers will be able to access Teams’ chat function without switching screens, one of several Dynamics 365 platform integrations highlighted by Microsoft at Ignite this week.  

Microsoft adds shared channels with Teams Connect

Microsoft adds shared channels with Teams Connect

Teams users will be able to collaborate with external partners in a single channel without setting up guest accounts, something rival Slack already offers.

Microsoft’s Mesh aims for mixed-reality meetings of the future

Microsoft’s Mesh aims for mixed-reality meetings of the future

At this week’s Ignite conference, the company unveiled the Azure-based developer SDK and offered a futuristic vision of remote collaboration.

Google Workspace targets front-line workers with new tier

Google Workspace targets front-line workers with new tier

The company’s core Workspace software suite, once known as G Suite, will also get new time management and productivity tracking features for remote workers.

What’s next for remote workers? A virtual ‘watercooler’

What’s next for remote workers? A virtual ‘watercooler’

The lack of connection has been a constant issue for remote workers, but a slate of new apps promises to make social interactions easier — no matter where employees are. Will people gather in the virtual breakroom?

Microsoft unveils Viva, its employee-experience platform for Teams

Microsoft unveils Viva, its employee-experience platform for Teams

Calling employee experience the “new ERP,” Microsoft introduced four Viva “modules” that provide access to workplace learning, knowledge, analytics, and corporate info.

Microsoft to integrate Teams with SAP as partnership expands

Microsoft to integrate Teams with SAP as partnership expands

Business app integrations with Teams channels would be “next level of maturity” for the popular collaboration platform, says analyst.

Microsoft adds Teams ‘task publishing’ for front-line workers

Microsoft adds Teams ‘task publishing’ for front-line workers

The new features aimed at retailers include automated approvals, shift ‘tagging’ and integrations with workforce management systems.

Q&A: Workplace exec on employee productivity, app plans for 2021

Q&A: Workplace exec on employee productivity, app plans for 2021

With many companies eyeing “hybrid” workplace strategies this year, Facebook is looking to bolster its Workplace platform to make collaboration easier. Workplace executive Ujjwal Singh explained what's coming and why.

Businesses to boost collaboration spending in ‘21 as remote work continues

Businesses to boost collaboration spending in ‘21 as remote work continues

Not surprisingly, video and team collaboration tools will remain an enterprise priority in the coming year as many offices expect to remain largely closed until at least the summer.

5 IFTTT alternatives worth trying

5 IFTTT alternatives worth trying

Casting a roving eye beyond IFTTT in search of an alternative that makes more sense for you? Here are five worthy workflow automation competitors.

Microsoft Teams: How to use it, and how it stacks up to Slack and Zoom

Microsoft Teams: How to use it, and how it stacks up to Slack and Zoom

Microsoft's take on collaboration, group messaging and video continues to evolve. Here's how Microsoft Teams fits into the booming collaboration software market and what you need to know to evaluate it against rivals like Slack, Zoom...

Google services, apps hit by global outage

Google services, apps hit by global outage

The company’s popular business apps and services, including Gmail, Docs, Workspace, Sheets and Meet were knocked offline for more than a half hour Monday morning.

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