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Microsoft Office launches on Google Chromebooks

Microsoft's launched its suite of Office apps on Google Chromebooks. It will help make Chrome OS a viable platform for people attracted to its cloud-first concept but reliant on Microsoft productivity apps. They were previously limited to some devices.

Report: Skype still the biggest chat app, but Slack leads growth

A new report has shown how the rise of Slack is affecting usage of Skype. The app's meteoric growth has created speculation it will usurp Skype to become the favourite workplace chat tool. Skype's still sees 6x higher usage but is not gaining users.

Microsoft unveils its own Android launcher that syncs to your PC

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Launcher for Android, a new Android experience that's designed around customisation and productivity. It synchronises to PCs and uses elements of Microsoft's Windows Fluent Design. It's based on the older Arrow Launcher.

Google's G Suite gets new collaboration features in latest update

Google has announced big updates for several G Suite apps that new collaboration and power user features. The company is adding more advanced co-authoring and version control capabilities to make G Suite more versatile in enterprise scenarios.

Microsoft unveils new YouTube rival for business customers

Microsoft has launched a video streaming service for enterprise customers of its Office 365 cloud platform. Microsoft Stream is described as an "intelligent enterprise video service" that's built to give companies a robust online video platform.

The 'two pizza rule' is Jeff Bezos' secret to productive meetings

On Friday, Amazon announced that it would purchase Whole Foods for $42 a share in an all-cash deal. That puts Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the helm of a company valued at $13.7 billion.

Op-Ed: Samsung DeX and Microsoft Continuum: Mobile productivity compared

Samsung has officially announced its new Galaxy S8 smartphone with DeX, a pioneering mobile product that lets the phone display a desktop interface when docked to a screen, keyboard and mouse. It's an Android interpretation of Microsoft's Continuum.

Smart keyboard SwiftKey is now owned by Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed it has bought SwiftKey, an award-winning and very popular custom keyboard for Android and iOS devices. The company plans to integrate SwiftKey's predictive technologies into its own Word Flow keyboard.

Microsoft unveils 'PowerPoint for apps' to let anybody code apps

Microsoft has publicly announced a new Office tool designed to simplify the process of creating mobile apps. Known as PowerApps, the aim of the business-grade program is to let anyone create a working native app without learning code.

Microsoft Office 2016 adds new features for more productivity

Microsoft has launched the next generation of its renowned productivity suite, Office. Office 2016, available today, includes support for enhanced collaboration on work as well as several other new features designed to "work for you".

Microsoft confirms Office 2016 is coming later this month

Microsoft today announced that the next version of its Office productivity suite will be available on September 22. A free upgrade to Office 365 subscribers, Office 2016 includes several improvements and new features to enhance productivity.

Tiny $30 desktop computer is 'the world's first true Android PC'

The world's first Android-powered desktop computer has achieved over 600 percent of its Kickstarter goal, just a few days into the campaign. The computer fits in the palm of the hand and can be used with any existing monitor, mouse and keyboard.

Apple unveils 'El Capitan': the next Mac OS X

Apple has announced an iterative update to Mac OS X at its worldwide developers conference in San Francisco today. The emphasis is on refining and improving things, borrowing some features from Windows to add more productivity and a cleaner interface.

iOS 9 gets proper split-screen multitasking for the first time

In a bid to attract more professional and enterprise users away from Microsoft's Surface Pro, Apple has added proper split-screen multitasking to iOS on iPad for the first time. Users will be able to run two apps side-by-side.

Microsoft has bought popular to-do list app Wunderlist

Microsoft has announced that it has bought the immensely popular productivity app Wunderlist. The acclaimed app allows users to create synchronised to-do lists with reminders and due dates and then share lists with friends, family and co-workers.

Op-Ed: Apps for Apple Watch are ridiculous but will still take off

The Apple Watch has been in the hands of owners for over a week now and its dedicated App Store is beginning to get stocked with apps designed for its tiny screen. Most of these apps offer no more productivity than their iPhone counterparts though.

Dropbox is making a new app for note-takers

The cloud storage provider Dropbox is working on a new productivity app for note-takers. Currently in testing with a limited number of users, the online app will rival services like Microsoft OneNote, Google Keep and Evernote.

Microsoft's Outlook email app nears top of iOS charts

Yesterday Microsoft released a new version of Outlook for iOS and Android phones that seems to be going down well with consumers, now sitting in the "Best New Apps" list and climbing rapidly.

Graphic design and note-taking in one: Notegraphy app

The developer and design brains behind OmmWriter, the immensely serene and minimalistic desktop typing app, have created a mobile and web-based app called Notegraphy.

Can changing your lunch change your day at work?

Whatever job you’re in, you’ve probably experienced the notorious mid-afternoon slump. That moment at work when your brain, body or both seem to decide that they’ve had enough.

FIFA World Cup actually boosted productivity at work

The whole world’s attention was on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The television ratings scored huge points during the games as a significant portion of world population turned their television on for the games.

Op-Ed: Could automated welding increase factory productivity and profit?

Increasingly factories are moving to use automated welding equipment instead of manual human welders so could this actually significantly increase the productivity and so profit of the factory?

UN: World security at risk unless food production is increased

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) issued a stern warning to the world on Monday, saying food production must be increased a staggering 60 percent by mid-century to avoid mass starvation, social unrest and terrorism.

Canadian labor productivity rises 1.0 percent in fourth quarter

March 7 - (Reuters) Canadian labor productivity rose by a higher-than-expected 1.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, the highest growth rate since the first quarter of 2010, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

U.S. fourth-quarter productivity slashed

The U.S. government on Thursday sharply revised down nonfarm productivity for the fourth quarter, mirroring the economy's slow growth pace in the same period.

Intel demonstrates red-wine-powered processor at IDF

In recent years, Intel has made many leaps forward in the area of efficient computing. Working on several different angles from the fourth generation Haswell processors to a more mobile Intel Atom processor, Intel has amazed us again.

Op-Ed: The end of white collar jobs, consumerization and slow thinking

Sydney - For years now, the end of the office job has been on the cards. The only reason it still exists is because businesses appear to like spending a fortune on expensive offices and lack imagination.

Can routine exercise help increase your paycheck?

Want more money in your paycheck? According to a new study, the way to get that raise may be to simply take the time to exercise regularly.

Study: Web surfing increases work productivity

Looking to boost your bottom line? It may be time to open up the employee browser. An Australian study has linked leisurely Internet surfing to increased work productivity.

Gmail Launches 'Send & Archive' Feature

Gmail has launched another new feature that users will love: The new feature sends emails and archives them at the same time, eliminating one more step.
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