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.

Slack adds video and screenshare to Huddles audio chat

Q&A: Four business leaders on their 4-day workweek pilot plans

Q&A: Four business leaders on their 4-day workweek pilot plans

Seventy small businesses in the UK are now trying out a four-day workweek as part of a six-month trial coordinated by the non-profit 4 Day Week Global and think tank Autonomy. Leaders at four of the firms explain what they're doing...

Microsoft promises to recognize Activision Blizzard unions

Microsoft promises to recognize Activision Blizzard unions

Microsoft has formalized its promise that it won’t stand in the way of unionization efforts at Activision Blizzard, announcing an agreement with the Communications Workers of America.

Apple’s Freeform adds another digital whiteboard option for remote work

Apple’s Freeform adds another digital whiteboard option for remote work

Freeform is due out later this year, but its availability on Apple devices could keep it from gaining ground on various competing whiteboard apps on the market.

Four-day workweek pilot kicks off for thousands of UK workers

Four-day workweek pilot kicks off for thousands of UK workers

Amid calls around the globe for more companies to adopt a shorter workweek, 70 businesses have committed to a four-day week for staff in the largest pilot project to date.

Microsoft promises to engage with employee unions

Microsoft promises to engage with employee unions

As the labor movement gains momentum in the tech sector, Microsoft’s relaxed stance contrasts with Amazon and Apple, which have resisted unionization.

Video collaboration startup Loom announces layoffs

Video collaboration startup Loom announces layoffs

The asynchronous video software firm, valued at $1.5bn, has reportedly cut 34 employees, as tech startups react to wider economic uncertainty.

Slack revamps user profiles for better connections

Slack revamps user profiles for better connections

Users of the team collaboration app can customize their profile with more personal information, which the company hopes will help connect remote teams more effectively.

Microsoft looks to make Teams screen-sharing more interactive with Live Share

Microsoft looks to make Teams screen-sharing more interactive with Live Share

The Live Share SDK, announced at Microsoft’s Build event this week, lets developers turn any third-party application into a “multiplayer” Teams app.

Software QA workers at Activision vote to unionize

Software QA workers at Activision vote to unionize

Staffers at Activision subsidiary Raven Software, which helps create the “Call of Duty" video game series, approved a proposal to unionize on Monday.

Some tech firms hit the pause button on hiring

Some tech firms hit the pause button on hiring

Though the job market remains tight, several large tech companies, including Salesforce, Twitter and Meta, have slowed the hiring of new staff amid rising inflation and market uncertainty; other companies have decided to cut jobs...

Airtable exec describes building a 'data hub' for the enterprise

Airtable exec describes building a 'data hub' for the enterprise

Airtable is more than just a 'spreadsheet on steroids,' says Ilan Frank, who recently joined as head of platform after leaving Slack.

Google brings automated summaries to Workspace ‘Spaces’

Google brings automated summaries to Workspace ‘Spaces’

Other updates to the company’s app suite announced at Google I/O include video call transcriptions, third-party app integrations for Meet, and tools to improve call quality such as “de-reverberation.”

Q&A: Why video calls can be bad for creativity

Q&A: Why video calls can be bad for creativity

The use of videoconferencing apps grew dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped many workers stay in touch with each other and their bosses. But there may be a downside to the video revolution.

California legislators put four-day workweek proposal on hold

California legislators put four-day workweek proposal on hold

Plans to reduce the standard workweek from 40 to 32 hours at larger firms have been shelved for now, but the bill could return.

Tech firms face unionization push, as Amazon and Apple workers organize

Tech firms face unionization push, as Amazon and Apple workers organize

The recent push for unionization at tech firms and retailers like Amazon that heavily rely on technology could put the companies in a bind if they push back too hard.

Salesforce gives developers tools to integrate with Slack apps

Salesforce gives developers tools to integrate with Slack apps

At its TrailblazerDX developer conference, Salesforce unveiled the Salesforce Platform for Slack. It includes an Apex SDK for app-building and connections to the company's Flow low-code platform to enable simple automations in Slack.

California eyes law to protect workers from digital surveillance

California eyes law to protect workers from digital surveillance

Digital monitoring and AI supervision are increasingly prevalent in a wide range of job roles. With that in mind, the California State Assembly is working on a bill that could lead to a wide range of protections for employees in the...

Execs to workers: Back to the office for thee, but not for me

Execs to workers: Back to the office for thee, but not for me

Top brass are less likely to commute in every day, according to a survey by Slack, which claims workers are seeing more stress as a result of being required to go back into the office.

WhatsApp Communities unites multiple teams chats in one place

WhatsApp Communities unites multiple teams chats in one place

Communities has potential to further boost WhatsApp’s use in workplace communications at small businesses.

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