Microsoft, Skype and Productivity in the Enterprise

There’s been a lot of discussion this past week about Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype as a consumer play. And there’s no doubt that consumers will benefit. But in my view this deal also has important benefits for the enterprise—particularly around unified communications. In making the announcement, Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft “will empower people around…

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Social in the Enterprise

“The opportunity is that your organization can be more agile, more innovative, more efficient than ever before… The challenge is, we have to govern things well.” Recently I sat down with Christian Finn, Director, SharePoint, Microsoft, to get his thoughts on social media, new devices and collaboration in the enterprise. Steven Ramirez: Now that social…

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3 Top Microsoft Execs Talk Consumerization of IT

On Tuesday, April 5th, the Microsoft CIO Network hosted an executive webcast on the Consumerization of IT. Stephanie Stahl, Executive Editor, Techweb, moderated an outstanding panel consisting of Chris Capossela, Sr. Vice President, Microsoft Business Division, Andy Lees, President, Mobile Communications Business, and Tony Scott, Corporate VP and CIO. I encourage you to register to…

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Facebook and Docs—Office Web Apps the Easy Way

Originally published on the Microsoft CIO Network. Join today. Last November, Facebook announced a new messaging service that will connect you with your friends and family without regard for which transport mechanism each person prefers. You can read the blog post “See the Messages that Matter” by Joel Seligstein, for details. Enter DocsWhat wasn’t in…

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The Next Level of Productivity

Originally published on the Microsoft CIO Network. Join today. Thinking back to CES in Las Vegas, one of the things that stood out was the tremendous increase in choice for consumers when it comes to accessing and consuming information. There is the promise of “healthy” competition in the foreseeable future, bringing with it the fact…

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The Path We Take Together

What if you built a campus and let the students decide where the sidewalks should go? Years ago I recall reading something about Pepperdine University. According to the story, when the campus was first built in Malibu, California, there were no sidewalks. What the university decided to do instead was to see which paths students…

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