Facebook, Slack and Google all roll out new collaboration features

The already competitive collaboration market got a little more competitive this week, with several leading vendors – Facebook, Slack and Google – trying to one-up each other with updates to their respective products.Here’s a rundown of the features unveiled in recent days:Facebook Workplace gets a desktop chat app Facebook today officially launched a standalone desktop app for its enterprise messaging app, Workplace Chat. The app forms part of the wider Workplace enterprise social network platform, which launched last year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Slack moves to integrate with EMM for enterprise security

Slack has enabled integration with more than a dozen enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms in order to offer security and policy management features to its four-year old, cloud-based messaging application.The messaging platform provider worked with AppConfig, an open standards group, which allowed Slack to integrate through a set of APIs with 21 EMM vendors.Slack said it also worked more closely with three EMM providers – VMware Airwatch, MobileIron, and Blackberry Good – “to ensure a smooth experience for our joint customers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Create your own Slack bots — and web APIs — in R

One of Slack’s greatest appeals is that it’s so extensible. While its main purpose is group collaboration, add-on apps can do everything from answer questions about business analytics to offer project updates from tools like Jira and Trello.Step 3: Host the R API remotelyTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

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Google and Slack deepen partnership in the face of Microsoft Teams

Slack and Google have vastly deepened their partnership roughly a month after Microsoft announced its competitor to the popular enterprise chat service.
Wednesday saw the announcement of several new features aimed at making G Suite, Google’s set of productivity software and services, more useful to people who use Slack. The functionality resulting from the partnership will make it easier to share and work on files stored in Google Drive using Slack.
Slack and Google were early partners during the lifecycle of the chat service which gives business users a set of rooms where they can discuss work, share files and more. Microsoft recently announced Teams, a similar service integrated into Office 365 that’s currently in beta.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Review: GitLab rocks version control

If you’ve spent any time evaluating software version-control systems, you have undoubtedly looked at GitHub Enterprise and Bitbucket Server, two big names that offer both on-premises installs and a SaaS option. You also should have run into GitLab, an open source project backed by the company of the same name.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

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5 screen-sharing apps offer easy collaboration

5 collaboration apps worth a lookImage by ThinkstockThe modern office has changed drastically in the last 10 years, which means the way we collaborate has evolved as well. Whether your company has remote workers, international offices or employees who are always on the road, you need fast and easy ways to stay connected. There are plenty of apps that promise to help you collaborate with colleagues, whether you need basic messaging, video chat, remote access or screen-share capabilities. We previously wrote about these 15 apps for collaboration, but here are five more worthy contenders to consider.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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6 Slack alternatives worth a look

Once upon a time if you wanted employees to collaborate you’d probably encourage them to use Internet Relay Chat (IRC). But about three years ago Slack appeared on the scene, and since then it’s been eating IRC’s lunch. That’s because it’s much easier to install, get up and running, and use than IRC, making it massively popular with nontechies. And thanks to a well-documented API it’s easy to integrate with other programs and services. That means it’s customizable and infinitely extensible, which makes it popular with developers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

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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

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Microsoft gives businesses a free tool for online meetings

Microsoft is giving small businesses a new way to hold meetings online with the launch of a free Skype Meetings product that’s aimed at providing professional communication tools for free.
Skype Meetings is free and users can launch meetings for up to 10 people during their first 60 days of using it. After that, they’re limited to only hosting meetings for three or fewer people. Those meetings can take advantage of several features, including the option to bring in participants using a hyperlink and present a PowerPoint slide deck live.
The new service is something of a lure to try and get people hooked on Skype for Business. That’s why Microsoft imposed its user limit restrictions: small businesses can use Skype Meetings without paying, and growing companies are encouraged to buy an Office 365 subscription to hold big meetings.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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