collaboration

  • Workplace by Facebook continues to mature

    Workplace by Facebook continues to mature

    At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool, including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers. Read More

  • Microsoft acquires Intentional Software and brings old friend back into fold

    Microsoft acquires Intentional Software and brings old friend back into fold

    Microsoft announced today that it was acquiring Bellevue-based Intentional Software for an undisclosed amount of money. With the purchase, Charles Simonyi, Intentional founder, Chairman, and CTO, who helped develop some of Microsoft’s famous Office tools like Excel and Word returns to Microsoft. Simonyi left Microsoft in 2002 to launch Intentional. While it’s not crystal clear… Read More

  • The great enterprise chat race

    The great enterprise chat race

    Slack has emerged as the darling of enterprise chat. The competitive deck appears nearly stacked against the startup, and it seems that every other month a new product launches that’s billed in as the next “Slack Killer.” What Slack does isn’t actually all that original, yet it has been able to ride a wave of popularity, attracting users, capital and worthy challengers. Read More

  • The enterprise is the next logical step for Slack

    The enterprise is the next logical step for Slack

    Slack took a big step in its evolution as a startup yesterday when it launched Slack Enterprise Grid, the enterprise version of its popular messaging platform. For Slack to continue its growth trajectory, it had to move on from being a tool for discrete teams to one that could deal with substantially more users, and provide some security and governance as it connected to other departments… Read More

  • Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, adds bots from SAP

    Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, adds bots from SAP

    Slack, the business app that lets teams of users communicate, share files from other services, and work on them with each other, has taken off like wildfire since launching three years ago, with 5 million daily users, 1.5 million of them paying today. Now, Slack is embarking on the next step in its ambition to be the go-to platform for all workplace collaboration, no matter how big… Read More

  • Enterprise social comes roaring back

    Enterprise social comes roaring back

    You’ll be forgiven if you missed it, but lost in the avalanche of this year’s tech news, enterprise social software made an impressive comeback. Led by products like Slack, Workplace by Facebook and Microsoft Teams, a software category that had been languishing for the last several years, suddenly came alive. A decade ago, as social software emerged, it was coined Enterprise 2.0… Read More

  • Software is due for a bundling event Crunch Network

    Software is due for a bundling event

    We are approaching a new phase of enterprise software, where every niche of Software-as-a-Service has been filled and cloud companies are being consolidated into larger companies. Markets have a tendency to cycle from bundling to unbundling, and software is due for a bundling event. Read More

  • Giving corporate innovation a jolt Crunch Network

    Giving corporate innovation a jolt

    Today’s competitive business world demands innovation. Corporations need to innovate to inspire, compete and survive. However, the burden of innovation has largely rested on startups. Large corporations and established businesses are expected to out-think their rivals, but more often we see that they rely on minor product updates or acquisitions in place of home-grown innovation. Read More

  • Microsoft Teams feels like déjà vu all over again

    Microsoft Teams feels like déjà vu all over again

    Microsoft introduced Microsoft Teams today to much fanfare and hoopla — as only Microsoft can seem to do these days. But when you take a close look at today’s announcement, what have you really got here — a 10-year-old idea on how to communicate and collaborate in the enterprise with a distinctly Microsoft twist. As I wrote previously about Slack and more recently Workplace… Read More

  • Cisco strengthens Spark meetings management with Worklife acquisition

    Cisco strengthens Spark meetings management with Worklife acquisition

    Cisco announced today that it was acquiring Worklife, a member of the  Y Combinator winter 2015 class, for an undisclosed sum. Worklife was founded with the idea of improving online meetings, something that Cisco has been working on for years. It of course owns WebEx and has been trying to enhance that experience in recent years with Cisco Spark. Cisco intends to add the Worklife team to… Read More

  • Atlassian keeps one foot in the data center and one in the cloud with new products

    Atlassian keeps one foot in the data center and one in the cloud with new products

    Atlassian wants the best of both the cloud and data center worlds, and it announced at the Atlassian Summit today that it was expanding its data center-cloud strategy with new products. At a time when companies are shifting their business to the cloud, it may seem like an odd approach to offer both cloud and on-prem products, but Atlassian sees it as hedging its bets in a world that remains… Read More

  • Salesforce took a horizontal turn when it bought Quip

    Salesforce took a horizontal turn when it bought Quip

    When Salesforce purchased Quip last summer for $750 million, it seemed at face value to be an unusual acquisition for the cloud CRM company — Salesforce tends to concentrate on more vertical targets. In fact, at a press conference this week at Dreamforce, Salesforce president, vice chairman and COO Keith Block — yes, he has all those titles — said when asked about the… Read More

  • Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

    Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

    Cloud-based collaboration tool Frame.io has raised $10M in Series A funding led by Accel, with participation from SignalFire, FirstMark Capital, and Shasta Ventures. Actor Jared Leto, who was a seed investor in the company, has also invested in the Series A as well as actor Kevin Spacey. Frame.io is a collaboration tool for video creators and compares themselves to a InVision or Github… Read More

  • After more than a decade, the fire still burns for Box CEO Aaron Levie

    After more than a decade, the fire still burns for Box CEO Aaron Levie

    Box CEO Aaron Levie has been at it for more than a decade. For a guy barely past 30, that means it’s all he’s done professionally for his entire adult life. You could forgive him if he were thinking about another challenge, but even after all this time, the fire still clearly burns for Levie. When I asked him about possibly getting bored in an in-person interview this week at… Read More

  • Office 365 now lets you invite guests to your projects

    Office 365 now lets you invite guests to your projects

    Online tools like Office 365 have changed the way we work and collaborate with our colleagues, but often projects involve people outside of your organization, whether partners, consultants or vendors. Microsoft acknowledged that reality today when it announced the ability to invite guests to view or edit Office 365 content. It’s not going to all happen at once, but over time Office 365… Read More

  • Redbooth adds Apple TV app to bring project management to big screen

    Redbooth adds Apple TV app to bring project management to big screen

    Redbooth, makers of project management and collaboration software, announced a new Apple TV app today that brings their service directly to Apple TV. We mostly think of Apple TV as a consumer device, designed to give us access to entertainment and games or to project the contents of one of our Apple devices onto a bigger screen. That changed to some extent last year when Apple announced… Read More

  • With $17M in seed funding, RedKix wants to combine the best of email and chat

    With $17M in seed funding, RedKix wants to combine the best of email and chat

    Lots of startups want to reinvent email, and some, like Slack, occasionally manage to change the way we work. At the end of the day, though, email isn’t going away and company-wide collaboration tools only really work when everybody is on the same platform. RedKix, which is launching its private beta today, has raised $17 million in seed funding from a group of high-profile investors… Read More

  • Siris Capital to buy Polycom for $2B in cash, Polycom cancels its $1.96B Mitel merger

    Siris Capital to buy Polycom for $2B in cash, Polycom cancels its $1.96B Mitel merger

    Here’s an interesting twist in one of the bigger enterprise acquisition stories of 2016. After Mitel earlier this year announced that it would acquire Polycom for $1.96 billion and consolidate the two companies’ enterprise communication businesses, today private equity firm Siris Capital has come in with a higher offer: it has agreed to acquire Polycom for $2 billion in cash and… Read More

  • Digital magazine company Issuu is now a collaboration platform, too

    Digital magazine company Issuu is now a collaboration platform, too

    Digital media company Issuu has been trying to offer a better way to present content online. Now it’s a promising a better way for teams to work together on creating that content too, with the launch of a new product called Collaborate. Issuu, for those of you who don’t know, allows publishers to create digital publications. They may resemble glossy magazines, except freed from… Read More

  • Frame.io releases video collaboration extension for Adobe Premiere Pro

    Frame.io releases video collaboration extension for Adobe Premiere Pro

    Frame.io today launched Frame.io for Adobe Premiere Pro, an extension that will enable video editors to use the video collaboration tool inside the video-editing program. When Frame.io CEO Emery Wells asked me to join the beta program for the company’s Premiere extension, I jumped at the chance. Read More

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