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Microsoft turns its focus toward frontline workers with Teams tweaks

With the pandemic accelerating digital transformation for information workers, it’s now time for those on the frontline to reap some of the benefits. Microsoft unveiled updates to its Teams and Viva platforms with that in mind.

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The 10 best new Microsoft Teams meeting features

Microsoft keeps adding new enhancements to Teams. Here’s how to use some recently introduced features for better Teams video meetings.

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8 key technologies for the future of work

As the hybrid workplace becomes the norm, technologies designed to accommodate, protect, and improve productivity for remote and in-office employees will be critical.

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Nvidia’s metaverse-based Nucleus Cloud could spur the evolution of collaboration

If the goal of collaboration is to get everyone on the same page — rather than in the same place — to solve a problem, the metaverse might be just the place.

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3 big workplace changes to expect in ‘22

If 2021 was all about the Great Resignation, 2022 is likely to be about keeping employees happy and engaged as companies sort out what a hybrid workplace looks like.

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12+ tips to make remote meetings more effective

Are you drained by constant hours-long Zoom meetings in which everyone speaks but nothing seems to happen? Try a new approach.

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Office going hybrid? How to think through the options

As companies adjust to the reality of a hybrid workplace, a growing number of tools can enable better workflow, project planning, and communication. Knowing how to use those tools and engage employees remains a huge challenge.

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Three productivity improvements I expect to see in 2022

Companies have seen worker productivity its rise during the pandemic, but there are still things in the works that could make it even better as we near a new year.

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Atlassian’s Confluence gets new features aimed at making content more engaging

Confluence now allows teams to draft, polish, and present, all in one place — even when working remotely.

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The way to better collaboration: define the problem, craft a solution

For some companies, or even some specific workers, collaboration tools may be a solution in search of a problem.

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AWS outage hit collaboration vendors, highlights risk of cloud-based tools

Software-as-a-service providers including Slack, Trello, Asana, and Smartsheet saw disruptions after API and network issues hit Amazon Web Services’ U.S. data center.

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We’re thinking about metaverse collaboration the wrong way

More than virtual places in which to meet and work together, what collaboration needs is a game-like way for colleagues to connect.

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Microsoft aims Teams Essentials at small-biz customers

The new pricing tier from Microsoft costs $4 per user each month and offers a paid alternative to the existing free version of Teams

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Rise in employee monitoring prompts calls for new rules to protect workers

With remote work now commonplace, many companies have embraced the use of monitoring tools to keep tabs on workers. That's led to growing calls for worker privacy protections.

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Remote work and the collapse of the social network (no, not that one)

There’s a missing link in today’s workplace that’s harming productivity and undermining loyalty to employers: the social connections we used to make in the office.

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4 big ways to put Zoom apps to work

From collaboration tools to security platforms, Zoom apps and integrations can help you hold better meetings, capture and secure important data, analyze Zoom usage, and more.

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Slack moves to extend in-app workflow automation

The collaboration software maker hopes to make it easier for users to create and share workflow automations without the need to write code. The features are due out in 2022.

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Q&A: Phil Libin on the future of work — and why an office return is a bad idea

The serial startup founder talks about his companies' decision to become fully distributed and why other organizations should be following in their footsteps.

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