One of the principles underlying this newsletter is that email is good. Email is based on an open standard, letting many interested parties build on top of it. It’s an asynchronous form of communication, letting you ignore messages until you’re ready to deal with them. And if you want to get a bunch of your coworkers together to bring down your employer, their names are already in your Gmail directory! That last lesson proved particularly important last year to thousands of Googlers, who had grown frustrated with their bosses over defense contracts, expansion into China, sexual harassment, and various other labor issues. When their bosses failed them, Bloomberg reported today, Gmail remained at their side. And the Google Walkout was born: Google’s employee email system played a pivotal role in the organizing for that protest, he said, with more than a thousand workers joining an email list used to plan it. Given that employees are spread around the globe and … [Read more...] about The Google Walkout ran on Gmail, and that makes Google nervous
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Both Microsoft and Google would like to be your one-stop shop for business productivity software. Their respective subscription offerings, Office 365 and G Suite, tick all the top-level boxes on your company's communications and productivity checklist. Each suite includes the following features: Business email and shared calendaring services attached to custom domainsOnline storage, with shared space for collaboration and a large allotment of personal storage space for each user accountProductivity apps for creating and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets, and presentationsCorporate communication tools, including messaging, online meetings, and video conferencingA management interface, with advanced features such as compliance and archiving for enterprise customers as well as security features including two-factor authenticationBoth of these services are underpinned by a robust, highly reliable cloud infrastructure with data centers worldwide. (And if the G Suite brand … [Read more...] about Office 365 vs G Suite: Which productivity suite is best for your business?
Microsoft officials have repeatedly said they've been careful to take a largely hands-off approach in integrating Microsoft's LinkedIn unit with the rest of the company. To many of us on the outside, it feels as if both internal and external integrations have been very slow and minimal. But it turns out there is behind-the-scenes work happening to bring LinkedIn more deeply into the Microsoft fold.Microsoft this week published a Microsoft IT Showcase case study about how it is moving LinkedIn's 14,000 employees to Office 365. Caution is the watchword in that case study, entitled "Linking in LinkedIn: How Microsoft onboarded a social networking giant."Microsoft's Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) unit officials acknowledge the company "needed to rethink some of our previous integration approaches," when it came to LinkedIn, which Microsoft bought in 2016 for $26.2 billion. The goal was to "balance the autonomy of LinkedIn employees" with moving them off Google services and … [Read more...] about How Microsoft is moving LinkedIn’s 14,000 employees from Google services to Office 365
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella set the tone at the Sept. 24 to Sept. 27 Ignite events in Orlando by sharing at least half a dozen stories of leading companies innovating and pioneering new business models with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI). It was a crisp, one-hour presentation long on vision and surprisingly short on promotion or even mentions of the significant technology announcements that followed.Also: Microsoft Ignite postmortem: The underlying hybrid convergenceNadella warned the more than 30,000 attendees that the ability to innovate and drive new business models is as much or more about changing corporate cultures and business processes as it is about applying technology. And when the technology decisions are ready to be made, Nadella counseled executives to know which capabilities are commodities and which warrant custom development to drive differentiation. Nadella said he sees smart companies liberating data silos and moving the bulk of enterprise workloads and … [Read more...] about Ignite 2018: Microsoft steps up data platform and AI ambitions
Are you the sort of person who needs to read and file every email they get? Or do you delight in seeing an email client icon proudly warning of hundreds or even thousands of unread items? For some, keeping one's email inbox with no unread items is more than just a good idea: it's a way of life, indicating control over the 21st century and its notion of productivity. For others, it's a manifestation of an obsessively compulsive mind. The two camps, and the mindsets behind them, have been a frequent topic of conversation here in the Ars Orbiting HQ. And rather than just argue with each other on Slack, we decided to collate our thoughts about the whole "inbox zero" idea and how, for those who adhere to it, that happens. Jonathan Gitlin Back when I had an office job and writing for Ars was a side gig, I was all about inbox zero. We used Exchange in my day job, and I was all about categorizing emails, sorting them into folders, and ruthlessly deleting unwanted messages each day. Some of … [Read more...] about Inbox zero and the search for the perfect email client