Matthew Finnegan

Senior Reporter

Matthew Finnegan covers collaboration and other enterprise IT topics for Computerworld. He joined IDG in January 2013 and is based in Sweden.

What is UEM? Unified endpoint management explained

What is UEM? Unified endpoint management explained

UEM has emerged as the next step in the development of enterprise mobility software, offering better management of a wider range of devices. By extending EMM capabilities to laptops and desktops, UEM tools helped enterprises make the...

A Clubhouse for the office? Slack unveils ‘Huddles’ audio chat rooms

A Clubhouse for the office? Slack unveils ‘Huddles’ audio chat rooms

Slack hopes to replicate ad-hoc workplace chats for remote workers with a “lightweight, audio-first” communication tool, Slack Huddles, along with the addition of asynchronous video and voice messages.

Microsoft pushes Fluid to boost productivity in Teams, Outlook, and OneNote

Microsoft pushes Fluid to boost productivity in Teams, Outlook, and OneNote

Fluid components are designed to aid synchronous and asynchronous work for “hybrid” remote teams, the company says.

Google’s Workspace Chat Rooms to become collaborative ‘Spaces’

Google’s Workspace Chat Rooms to become collaborative ‘Spaces’

The company will now offer its collaboration suite to consumers for free as it rolls out a variety of enhancements to better connect its productivity apps.

Microsoft Teams gets Fluid components, ‘main stage’ meeting app integrations

Microsoft Teams gets Fluid components, ‘main stage’ meeting app integrations

Microsoft is adding new cross-platform integrations for Teams to help employees get work done without leaving the collaboration application.

US gov’t plans for remote workers could spur private-sector push, too

US gov’t plans for remote workers could spur private-sector push, too

The Biden administration appears poised to encourage remote work for 2 million US government workers as the COVID-19 pandemic eases and businesses look to fully re-open. The move could spur companies to follow suit.

At Virgin Atlantic, Facebook Workplace evolves into a key productivity tool

At Virgin Atlantic, Facebook Workplace evolves into a key productivity tool

The airline saw a large increase in use as employees sought corporate updates during the pandemic; now the enterprise social network is helping the company rev up operations again.

With smart canvas, Google looks to better connect Workspace apps

With smart canvas, Google looks to better connect Workspace apps

Google this week unveiled a range of new ways to connect its productivity and collaboration apps, including the rollout of its smart canvas. But is it enough to keep up with innovative startups?

Facebook's Workplace gets ‘Plugins,’ new app integrations

Facebook's Workplace gets ‘Plugins,’ new app integrations

As the company now pegs the number of paid Workplace users at 7 million, an analyst sees Facebook’s growing focus on integration as important to continued enterprise uptake.

Microsoft patents biometric 'wellness insights' tool for workers

Microsoft patents biometric 'wellness insights' tool for workers

The just-published patent describes a feature that generates an employee “anxiety score” based on data such as blood pressure and heart rate, suggesting when workers need to take a break.

VMware targets remote work security with Anywhere Workspace

VMware targets remote work security with Anywhere Workspace

Three tools from VMware’s portfolio — Workspace One, Carbon Black Cloud, and SASE — are now bundled, offering a suite of tools to simplify management of remote worker devices and applications.

Rethinking collaboration: 8 vendors offer new paths to remote work

Rethinking collaboration: 8 vendors offer new paths to remote work

With the need for efficient collaboration tools exploding in recent months, a variety of companies hope to refine how those tools work and what they can do. We look at eight now pushing the envelope.

Collaboration analytics: Yes, you can track employees. Should you?

Collaboration analytics: Yes, you can track employees. Should you?

Analytics tools provided by Microsoft, Slack, and other collaboration app vendors offer insights into communication patterns and other employee work habits. But companies should be wary of reading too much into the data — or abusing...

Cisco adds 'People Insights' analytics to Webex

Cisco adds 'People Insights' analytics to Webex

The company joins other tech vendors, including Microsoft and Google, in using worker analytics to focus on employee well-being and a healthy work/life balance.

Slack blocks public DM ‘invite messages’ after backlash

Slack blocks public DM ‘invite messages’ after backlash

Concerns over the potential harassment of individuals prompted Slack to swiftly change how its new direct messages feature works.

Gartner: Spending on social and collaboration software booms as remote work takes hold

Gartner: Spending on social and collaboration software booms as remote work takes hold

The research firm confirmed that companies have been rushing to spend money on tools needed to keep their employees connected and productive.

WFH boom makes ‘employee experience’ a C-suite priority, says Microsoft Viva chief

WFH boom makes ‘employee experience’ a C-suite priority, says Microsoft Viva chief

Microsoft's new employee experience platform, Viva, is central to the company's bid to roll out software that helps organizations better manage and support a remote or hybrid workforce, says Chuck Friedman.

Microsoft deepens Teams ties with Dynamics 365

Microsoft deepens Teams ties with Dynamics 365

Sales and customer service workers will be able to access Teams’ chat function without switching screens, one of several Dynamics 365 platform integrations highlighted by Microsoft at Ignite this week.  

Microsoft adds shared channels with Teams Connect

Microsoft adds shared channels with Teams Connect

Teams users will be able to collaborate with external partners in a single channel without setting up guest accounts, something rival Slack already offers.

Microsoft’s Mesh aims for mixed-reality meetings of the future

Microsoft’s Mesh aims for mixed-reality meetings of the future

At this week’s Ignite conference, the company unveiled the Azure-based developer SDK and offered a futuristic vision of remote collaboration.

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