By - Matthew Finnegan

Revamped Google Glass 2 aims more powerful AR at the enterprise

Google this week updated its workplace-focused Glass augmented reality (AR) headset, offering a more powerful processor and improved camera – a “significant improvement” over its predecessor, according Anshel Sag, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. Google unveiled the consumer version of Glass in 2013 to much fanfare, but little commercial success. It was relaunched as Glass Enterprise Edition two

By - Matthew Finnegan

Google sees Gmail as key to its collaboration plans

As demand for team messaging apps continues to blossom, it may seem like email’s days as the main business messaging tool are numbered. Google, however, sees the future of its team messaging tool, Hangouts Chat, as closely entwined with email. The company laid outs its thinking at last month’s Google Cloud Next with a focus on the integration of Hangouts

Lenovo launches enterprise AR/VR headset, the ‘ThinkReality A6′
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Lenovo launches enterprise AR/VR headset, the ‘ThinkReality A6′

Lenovo is the latest manufacturer to develop an augmented reality (AR) device aimed at enhancing productivity for enterprise workers, along with a software platform for app creation. The ThinkReality A6 is a “heads-up, hands free” mobile visor that overlays 3D graphics onto real-world environments. The headset, reminiscent of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 device, has a 40-degree diagonal field of view, with

By - Matthew Finnegan

New Cortana and Google Assistant updates highlight workplace potential

Microsoft and Google laid out their respective visions for the next generation of virtual assistants this week, with enhancements to Cortana and Assistant, respectively, designed to support workplace productivity. Though voice assistants have yet to arrive in force in the workplace, analysts see plenty of potential. By 2021, 25% of digital workers are expected to use a virtual assistant on

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Facebook’s Workplace gets updated UI, more emphasis on chat and groups

Along with an update to its core consumer offering at its F8 developer conference this week, Facebook announced a redesigned interface for its Workplace enterprise social network. One analyst described the new look as “less cluttered, faster [and] easier to navigate,” with a greater focus on Workplace’s chat and group elements. Among the changes to the streamlined UI is the

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Slack partners with Zoom to boost video capabilities

SAN FRANCISCO – Slack has partnered with cloud video communications vendor Zoom in a move designed to bolster video capabilities for Slack users. The tie-up was unveiled at this week’s Slack Frontiers event. Zoom – which, like Slack, is preparing for a stock market listing – competes with Cisco Webex, Skype for Business (now part of Microsoft Teams), Google Hangouts

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Slack embraces email to bridge chat app gap

SAN FRANCISCO – Slack users will soon be able to communicate with colleagues who use only email with the launch of a new “email bridge” feature for the company’s popular collaboration software.  That email bridge is one of a range of updates unveiled Wednesday at the Slack Frontiers user conference here; other announcements include a simple workflow automation tool and

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Google hopes AI, collaboration will win G Suite customers

With G Suite, Google faces an uphill battle against Microsoft’s widely used Office 365 productivity tools. At its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco earlier this month, Google unveiled a number of updates to G Suite, outlining its vision for a collaborative, AI-infused set of apps under the marketing banner “Make it fast. Make it smart. Make it together.” Among

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Atlassian’s Confluence gets more powerful analytics

Atlassian has given Confluence its biggest revamp in years, offering more powerful analytics, improved search and new ways to interact with the content collaboration platform. Alongside the 15 new Confluence features unveiled at the Atlassian Summit in Las Vegas this week, the Australian software vendor also announced the acquisitions of Good Software – the  startup responsible for the Analytics for

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Atlassian targets agile development at scale with Jira Align

Following its acquisition of software vendor AgileCraft for around $166 million last month, Atlassian today launched Jira Align to help companies manage agile software development projects at scale. AgileCraft, founded in 2013, connects agile teams with the wider business, giving executives an overview of project progress and potential bottlenecks. The application was already used in with Atlassian tools by various