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Wire targets Zoom, Teams and others with secure video upgrades

Wire, which touts its ability to offer secure video communications, now allows up to 12 users on a video call in a fully end-to-end encrypted environment.

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Working from home? Slow broadband, remote security remain top issues

For workers whose home has become the de facto home office in recent months, broadband connectivity and security are ongoing issues, according to a Navisite survey.

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Great news for intranets at Microsoft Ignite 2020

Navigation, branding, and more ways to engage and delight were big intranet themes at this year's Ignite event.

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Microsoft steps up Teams: Finally, the next generation of remote conferencing

The changes announced at Microsoft's Ignite conference this week highlight how important Teams has become to the company – and point to how video conferencing could evolve.

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Microsoft Teams gets custom layouts, new Together ‘scenes’

Video feed overlays and new virtual meeting spaces are among a range of Teams updates announced at this year's Ignite virtual event. Microsoft is increasingly catering to the needs of remote workers.

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Q&A: Airtable CEO talks up automation, low-code and team collaboration

The company has seen a surge in use of its customizable spreadsheet platform during the pandemic, said CEO and co-founder Howie Liu; this week, Airtable announced $185 million in funding.

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How COVID-19 has changed IT’s focus and plans for 2021

Bread-and-butter investments to modernize workforce systems and improve IT operations are the post-pandemic focus for IT buyers in North America and Europe, a survey shows.

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Inside Apple's 'Bionic Virtual Meeting Room'

In the near future, you'll attend meetings in a conference room that exists in your Apple AR glasses.

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Why Crestron has a place in a Zoom and Teams world

When it comes to video conferencing, one key to success is interoperability. In a virtual world that seems increasingly dominated by Zoom and Microsoft Teams, Crestron could be a player.

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How to connect a Yammer community to a communication site

One of the best ways to get engagement on intranet sites is to bring a relevant Yammer community to SharePoint using the Yammer Conversations web part. Here's how you go the other way and connect your Yammer community to your...

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Q&A: Mural CEO talks up remote collaboration, details plans for $118M funding

Mural, which offers a visual approach to collaboration, has seen steady growth in recent years – spurred on lately by the needs of remote workers. The company just announced a major influx of cash, for which CEO and co-founder Mariano...

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Zoom’s outage causes chaos, especially for educators, teachers

Though schools and universities appeared to be hardest-hit by the outage — many are just starting online education efforts — the outage highlights the need for backup plans and alternatives.

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How to use Slack’s best new business features

Slack has rolled out a host of improvements to help business users be more productive and collaborate more easily.

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Facebook Portal adds Zoom, Cisco video app access

Facebook hopes to broaden the business appeal of its smart display by offering access to several video conferencing apps, including Zoom, Cisco Webex, BlueJeans and GoToMeeting.

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Slack, Atlassian deepen ties with app integrations and account ‘passport’

The two collaboration vendors are intertwining their services in a bid to bolster productivity for users.

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Slack talks up security with new encryption options, FedRAMP certification

Looking to show it can keep communication data secure and meet compliance demands, Slack unveiled several updates for its popular team chat app.

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Zoom explained: Understanding (and using) the popular video chat app

Here’s a look at where the Zoom meeting app came from, what it does and how to use it.

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AI at work: Your next co-worker could be an algorithm

It’s inevitable that artificial intelligence will replace some jobs. But emerging AI systems not only support their human colleagues but actively collaborate with them, tapping the unique strengths of both.

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Q&A: CBT Architects CIO sees a ‘hybrid’ remote-work plan as harder than WFH

While the rush to work from home (WFH) upended many corporate plans as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, returning to work might be even harder, according to Nirva Fereshetian. "There’s no going back to where we were," she says.

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Which is better for collaboration – Yammer or Microsoft Teams?

Fundamentally, both Yammer and Teams (and email) are about conversation – but they support different types of communication and are for different audiences. The choice about which app to use depends on both.

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