Atlassian has announced Stride - their new collaboration platform. While Hipchat has been around for a while they say Stride will be Atlassian's core communications and collaboration platform. The company says it will offer a zero-click upgrade path - part of what Atlassian's head of communication products Steve Goldsmith calls their guiding principle: "Don't F**k the Customer".
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Skype for Business is joining the Microsoft Teams family, as the company marches forth on their quest to crack the enterprise collaboration nut. While Skype may have started life as a way to disrupt the traditional telco business, it's become a key tool for businesses wanting to connect distributed teams.
With an eye towards the developing world where people are more likely to own cheap phones and have spottier wireless data access, the big names in tech are developing simpler versions of their apps. These apps are lightweight, use little data, and don't burn through battery life. Sound good? It does to us too, and here's how to give them a test drive.
If you really can't let go of the office, even for a drive up the road, BMW has partnered with Microsoft to release the most expensive Skype accessory on the market. Selected BMW 5-Series cars with the Bavarian car maker's iDrive system can now use Skype for Business, as well as Office 365, while in transit.
Skype for Business is getting a few more enterprise features, likely in response to the likes of Amazon and Google who are both ramping up and changing their enterprise comms applications. Among the new Skype for Business features are an app for Mac users and new features including Call Queues and Auto Attendant, as well as a preview of Skype for Business Online Call Analytics
Microsoft in Japan has teamed up with high-end cosmetics brand Shiseido to develop an app that will add a filter that overlays virtual makeup on people's faces when they're on Skype calls, according to reports. The app is targeted at women who are self-conscious about their appearance when they're on video conferences. Here's what we know so far.
Earlier this year, Microsoft toyed with the idea of buying work messenger app Slack for US$8 billion. Now it's working on a Slack competitor based on its very own Skype brand. Here are the details.
Google has released a video chatting app called Duo to rival Apple FaceTime. But unlike the case of Instagram ripping off Snapchat, Duo isn't just a carbon copy of FaceTime. Here's how Google has set Duo apart from Apple's popular iOS video calling feature, for better or for worse.
Microsoft is introducing Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing to its Office 356 cloud productivity suite. The add-on feature allows users to host or create meetings through Office 365 that contain landline phone numbers so people can dial into conference calls. There's potential for businesses big and small to save money and streamline operations as this can reduce their reliance on hosted conference call providers and clunky desk phones. Here are the details.
Skype's real-time translator software is pretty awesome, and it has some new tricks. It can now translate to and from French and German, from spoken word to spoken word.
Windows: Last year, Microsoft announced an app that would allow you to have real-time conversations with people who spoke different languages, built on Skype. While the service was only available to a small group of testers, it's now open to everyone.