HipChat and Stride to close as Atlassian sells assets to rival Slack

Slack and its rivals Atlassian have announced they are forming a strategic partnership that will see chat tools HipChat and Stride closed down. As part of the deal, Atlassian has made an equity investment in Slack, while Slack has acquired the intellectual property rights for Stride and HipChat Cloud. Moving forward, Stride, HipChat Cloud, HipChat Server and HipDhat Data Center will all be discontinued, and users will be offered a migration path to Slack — making it even stronger competition for Microsoft’s Teams. Slack says that the new partnership is driven by a joint vision, and Atlassian notes that “the… [Continue Reading]

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Google updates Android Messages so you can send texts from the web

Google is rolling out a series of changes to Android Messages, one of which makes it possible to send text messages from the comfort of your computer. Called “Messages for web” the feature enables users to use a desktop web browser to send SMSes rather than their phone. While this is almost certainly the biggest and most exciting changes for Messages, Google is also pushing a number of other new features to the app, including Smart Replies, GIF search and link previews. See also: Google enters ‘strategic partnership’ with China’s JD.com Android emulator Andy OS seems to be secretly installing… [Continue Reading]

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New open source platform offers secure, self-hosted collaboration

As businesses are keen to embrace flexible working and digital transformation, there’s increased focus on collaboration and sharing of information. But with existing regulations like HIPAA and upcoming ones like GDPR it’s important to keep collaboration secure. German company Nextcloud is launching a solution in the form of a self-hosted, open source platform offering end-to-end encryption, video and text chat, and enhanced collaboration. Nextcloud 13 is an enterprise-ready solution which can encrypt data on a per-folder level rather than all-or-nothing approach. It doesn’t require users to remember or exchange passwords, or re-uploading of data on sharing. Other features include an… [Continue Reading]

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Flock guns for Slack with its ‘chat operating system’

Slack came from nowhere to be one of the leaders of the collaboration market in just two years. But being a leader means other people are keen to take a share of your business and team messenger application Flock is the latest to be eyeing up Slack’s market. Today Flock is launching a development platform, FlockOS. It describes this as a chat operating system, that allows developers to build customized apps, bots and integrations. These can either be used within their own organizations, or published on the Flock Appstore, making them available for all Flock users. “Messaging and collaboration platforms… [Continue Reading]

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Microsoft launches Teams — and Slack is worried

It is no secret that Microsoft has been working on a Slack rival, but it is not until today that we get to take a proper look at the new collaboration tool. Called Microsoft Teams, it will officially launch in the first quarter of 2017, though the software giant is making it available as a public preview starting today. Should you give it a try? The benefit to Microsoft Teams, as the software giant explains it, is the integration with some of its most important products and services, like Office 365 and Skype, to help users collaborate more easily on different… [Continue Reading]

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Yahoo Messenger is not dead — new Windows and Mac apps are available now

You may be surprised to read this, but, yes, Yahoo Messenger is still up and running. In fact, the longstanding service seems to be here to stay as it just received new desktop apps that should make Windows and Mac users happy. Yahoo has launched the new clients to replace the “legacy” programs, which will no longer work after August 5. What you now get is a fresh design and a number of really nice features that add up to a user experience closer to Android, iOS, and the web. Yahoo has introduced the ability to unsend messages. Users can… [Continue Reading]

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Slack gets voice calling

Slack is one of the best communication tools for teams and it is fair to say that we are big fans of it. We use it every day to chat and share ideas for new stories but also to transfer files. And pretty soon we might start calling each other. After beta testing the feature for the last couple of months in private, Slack is now officially rolling out voice calling. It is planned to reach users on both desktop and mobile apps, though its capabilities will be limited by their plan. Slack says that voice calling is supported on… [Continue Reading]

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Smartsheet delivers greater visibility into collaborative projects

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Enabling efficient collaboration on projects is key to success in business and there are many platforms to enable it. But it can sometimes be hard to fully understand what’s happening inside a particular task.

One of the leading collaboration platforms, Smartsheet is addressing this by launching Sights, a new product that delivers visibility into the work being done within Smartsheet environments.

By putting important information in front of the right audiences at the right times, Sights aims to deliver positive business impact by enhancing organizational speed and performance. Its ease of use and flexibility enables users to configure the product themselves, and gives teams the ability to customize how they visualize and derive insight from their work.

“Sights is a game-changer for our customers, giving them the power to amplify the value of the important work they’re doing on our platform,” says Mark Mader, president and CEO of Smartsheet. “The valuable insights they derive from Sights go well beyond a surface-level look at productivity — they enable individuals and teams to work smarter and make smarter decisions, driving enhanced organizational speed and performance”.

Features of Sights include a drag and drop layout that makes it simple for any Smartsheet user to create a Sight by selecting widgets and dragging them into position. Sight widgets display data sources in visual styles including metrics, rich text, lists, grids and more. The look can be customized too using colors, fonts, sizing and text.

Sights can include any information held in Smartsheet plus links to information outside the package, so it can deliver a complete view of projects and processes. Sharing permissions can be set specific to each Sight so only the right set of viewers see it, and only people with administrative rights can change it.

More information on Sights is available on the Smartsheet website.

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