Category Archives: IT Management

Home office tips from a veteran freelancer

Home office tips from a veteran freelancer Next month marks my 15th year of self-employment, working in a home office. I take responsibility for everything from invoicing to making sure there’s enough paper in the printer. With some studies forecasting that the number of gig workers like me will soon exceed the size of the […]

Async video messaging: Another route to productive remote work

Async video messaging: Another route to productive remote work Video meetings proved crucial for connecting remote workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, replicating face-to-face conversations even when offices were shuttered. But these real-time communications have drawbacks, too, with remote workers facing schedules packed with back-to-back video meetings and trying to catch colleagues who may be […]

Why return to the office if you’re just Zooming all day anyway?

Why return to the office if you’re just Zooming all day anyway? Many business owners insist that their workers will return to the office soon. Think again. Mega-commercial real estate broker Cushman & Wakefield admits, “No one is expecting workers to come into the office to primarily answer emails—that and any other heads-down tasks […]

Microsoft Teams gets Phone features, Operator Connect service

Microsoft Teams gets Phone features, Operator Connect service Microsoft added a raft of new Teams Phone features this week designed to make it easier to make calls from the collaboration app. The company also announced the full launch of Operator Connect service, which helps businesses connect Teams Phone to public switched telephone network (PSTN) […]

Dropbox’s 'Capture' feature embraces async video

Dropbox’s ‘Capture’ feature embraces async video Dropbox has created a video message tool that lets users record and send short clips to colleagues, one of three new features aimed at connecting distributed workers. With Dropbox Capture, users record short films of up to five minutes using their webcam, with options to also record their […]

Jamf survey: Employees will quit for platform choice

Jamf survey: Employees will quit for platform choice If your employees want to use iPhones and Macs, you really should let them. That’s the main message today coming from a Vanson Bourne survey commissioned by Jamf. Employee choice remains an HR issue The international survey asked 2,000 employees and 500 IT decision-makers how they […]

The problem with the Poly Studio E70 and X70

The problem with the Poly Studio E70 and X70 I got a briefing this week on the impressive Poly E70 conference room camera and X70 (with built-in speakers). They are impressive pieces of hardware, but they only work with Zoom at the moment (though Teams certification is coming). And that lack of interoperability between […]

The rise of tablets: Why we don't need laptops or phones anymore

The rise of tablets: Why we don’t need laptops or phones anymore The tablet is a provocative beast. Make a big one, and people argue over whether it could replace a laptop. Make a small one, and some users want it to be a giant phone. These conversations have repeated themselves since then-CEO Steve […]