BT retires Windows XP for increased mobility with Windows 8

BT is one of the world’s largest communications companies. Every day they interact with millions of customers and businesses. In order for BT to be successful, they rely heavily on the engineer’s daily activities. This will often involve working face to face with customers, in their own homes. Mobility is key as the engineers need…

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Collaboration tools, a new way of work: The Wiltshire Council case

Working flexibly, immediately, cost-savings and delivering services locally to customers were some of the goals marked by The Wiltshire Country redesigning their way of work. Following this video, the challenge is going on… [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH5unZ2fhJ0&feature=player_embedded] A group of employees tell us how the organisation is changing with new collaboration tools. Wiltshire Council uses Office 365 both…

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Making ‘the social enterprise’ a reality

‘Using social technologies to improve collaboration and communication… could raise the productivity of interaction workers by 20 to 25 per cent,’ according to McKinsey[1], a firm of management consultants. That is the kind of productivity leap that managers dream of. In this article, we explore the promise of enterprise social media and look at how…

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ABB harnesses cloud power with Yammer and Office 365

Microsoft has recently announced that the power and automation technology company ABB will deploy Microsoft Office 365 and Yammer to its employees worldwide. With about 145,000 employees in 100 countries, ABB is transitioning from multiple IT collaboration and messaging solutions to Office 365 to provide a single platform for productivity, communication, collaboration and enterprise social…

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Mistrust of employees halts a greater uptake of Anywhere Working

Microsoft-commissioned study reveals vast majority of office workers say they are more productive working away from the office but fear how it is perceived by their colleagues. According to a new study on flexible working commissioned by Microsoft, a massive 70 per cent of British office workers, who are able to work away from the…

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The big advantages of flexible working – radio interview with Microsoft’s Dave Coplin

The very successful Anywhere Working Week (see #AWweek on Twitter) has come to an end. But it seems that large enterprise organisations are still divided about what flexible working brings to their company and, most importantly their productivity. Today’s Anywhere Working event at the London Transport Museum has been an excellent demonstration of how well flexible working…

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The new world of social collaboration in Enterprise – free download!

As you have probably noticed we are witnessing fundamental shifts in enterprises and societies. Four computing megatrends – cloud computing, the proliferation of mobile devices, Big Data, and pervasive social features in applications – are increasing employee engagement, improving team collaboration, and enhancing business agility. These trends serve new work scenarios in which it’s easier than ever for…

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Windows Phone 8 is here and ready for business!

In the past week or so, it seems we at Microsoft have had more launches than NASA. The latest tasty offering is Windows Phone 8! Windows Phone puts the office in the hands of the business user. It makes mobile working even more seamless, collaborative and secure, and gets employees up and running quickly within…

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Deploying Windows 8 within Microsoft

This is a guest post by Patrick O’Rourke, director within the strategy, planning and communications team in Microsoft IT. If you’ve read this blog before then you know that one of the roles of Microsoft IT is to be the first customer of Microsoft’s commercial products and services. Through this program the IT department manages…

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