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Why Microsoft’s revival of Skype for Linux is a big deal

As Linus Torvalds once said, “If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.”

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6 Slack alternatives worth a look

There’s nothing wrong with using Slack — its three million active daily users can’t all be wrong. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t another option out there that might better meet your particular needs.

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Microsoft launches new Skype for Linux and Chrome

Linux and Chromebook users now have new versions of Skype to play with. Microsoft launched an alpha version of a new client for Linux on Wednesday morning, in a push to get users of the open source operating system video calling and...

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Skype for Business will translate meetings into 40 languages

Microsoft is bringing the dream of the Star Trek universal translator to businesses later this year with the launch of a new beta feature that offers live captioning of Skype for Business meeting broadcasts in 40 languages.

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How one CIO is migrating 18,000 users to Office 365

Multinational engineering company Atkins is in the midst of transitioning its 18,000 employees to Microsoft's cloud suite. The company’s CIO Richard Cross shares some tips he is learning along the way.

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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.

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8 biggest email pet peeves

Spam, emoticons and group emails -- most people have a love-hate relationship with email. Here are workers' eight biggest email pet peeves.

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7 ways to get more from Slack

Developers share their top tips for being lazy (i.e., increasing coding efficiency) using the popular group chat app.

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Millennials are shaking up workplace communication

Generation Y is driving digital transformation in the workplace, especially when it comes to communication.

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Slack could host your next conference call

Get ready to start fielding voice calls in Slack. The company announced Tuesday that all users of its popular chat app will be able to ring their teammates with a couple of clicks.

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4 important communication tools for tech biz entrepreneurs

When George Bernard Shaw said, 'The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place,' he had tech biz entrepreneurs in mind. If you are a SaaS startup or an established tech leader, riddled with...

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Riverbed debuts cloud, UC management features for SteelCentral

Riverbed has several new features baked into the latest version of its SteelCentral application performance and network management suite, designed to help manage networking components and applications that live in the cloud and...

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8 awesome (and sometimes free) conference call services

Conference call services want your business — even those that offer free plans — and their feature sets are getting better all the time.

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Can UC keep remote workers engaged?

For something that seems so simple in theory, unified communications can be hard to pull off in practice. But it might be the only thing helping to keep your distributed workforce engaged.

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Skype for Business finally makes its way to the Mac

Microsoft has launched a new beta of Skype for Business that runs on Mac, following its launch of a revamped work communication product last year.

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Mitel will buy Polycom for $2 billion in a tough enterprise communications market

Mitel's planned acquisition of phone and videoconferencing veteran Polycom for nearly $2 billion comes as the enterprise communications industry faces dramatic changes brought by mobility and cloud-based services.

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6 secrets to mastering Slack

Smarter communication isn’t magic. But with these tips, it’ll be hard to tell the difference

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Skype for Business will give businesses Surface Hub-like collaboration on a budget

Microsoft wants to help businesses bring their meeting rooms into the future of videoconferencing without spending a whole lot of dough with two new Skype for Business initiatives aimed at getting existing technology connected to its...

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