Enterprise 2.0 News

09.08.2022
Spin Technology, a data protection software vendor catering to enterprise clientele, has raised $16 million in a Series A. Spin Technology's platform uses AI to detect “shadow IT” activities in cloud SaaS environments. Spin acts like a kind of souped-up antivirus program, scanning SaaS apps using an algorithm and database of malicious apps and browser extensions. The platform can detect ransomware across platforms including Google Workspace, Microsoft Office 365 and Salesforce, performing automatic risk assessments and backups and allowing users to create policies that dictate access management.
02.08.2022
Microsoft has launched its lightweight Outlook Lite Android app, which is suitable for low-end Android devices and regions with data connectivity issues. The app has a download size of less than 5MB compared to more than 80MB (depending on the device) for the regular version. The app is currently available only in select countries. Microsoft said it will consider adding more countries to the list in the future. The company added this app to its Office 365 roadmap in June, so this launch hints toward a broader release. Users can access emails, calendars and contacts for Outlook.com, Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.
28.07.2022
The new Gmail is rolling out for everyone. At this time Google didn't make any drastic changes to the interface, and the new design is pretty customizable via the Quick Settings button on the top right. The biggest changes are better integration of Chat, Spaces, and Meet into Gmail, as well as slightly nicer and more colorful buttons. There are changes underneath the surface as well, with "search chips," which is another name for better, more precise search filters, and Google using its AI to serve you better search suggestions. The company says it will start delivering an improved experience for tablet users, better emojis, and new accessibility features "later this year."
25.07.2022
Google introduced Android 12L earlier this year to make tablets easier to use, and at I/O, the company announced plans to update more than 20 Google apps on tablets to optimize them for larger screens. Today, Google said it’s adding several new features for Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep to get started on this promise. The most notable feature announced today is the ability to drag text or images between two Workspace apps when you have them open side-by-side. Google notes that you can now drag text or images from apps, such as Chrome or Sheets, and drop that content right into an existing document or spreadsheet cell. In Google Drive, you’ll be able to quickly upload files by dragging and dropping them into the app. You can also add links to Drive files by dragging the file into an open app like Keep.
21.07.2022
RPA, and companies like UiPath, swooped into on the world of work a few years ago as a catchy way for organizations to help teams automate and speed up repetitive business activities such as processing information on forms. Today, a company called TextExpander — which has identified and built a way to fix a similar gap in another repetitive aspect of business life, communications, by letting users create customized shortcuts to trigger longer text-based actions such as specific phrasing around a topic, calendar events, emails, messages, CRM systems and many other environments — is announcing $41.4 million in funding to expand something else: its business.
21.07.2022
15Five — an early mover in the world of building technology to help motivate teams, and to improve performance management for execs overseeing those teams — has raised $52 million. Now it's in use at some 3,400 companies — customers include Credit Karma, Spotify and Pendo, with its sweet spot specifically on businesses with between 100 and 2,500 employees. 15Five describes itself as not just as providing insights, but also outcomes, ushering in a wider move into areas like coaching and education to expand a platform that today is used to help track and set goals for teams and individuals in them. There are any number of enterprise software companies in the market today that are addressing the challenges in HR, enterprise training and education, and performance management, but what makes 15Five unique among them is how it is integrating all of these, and how it’s doing it first and foremost from the perspective of performance management.
21.07.2022
The conversational commerce is up in Asis thanks to WeChat, but it hasn’t quite taken off to the same level in Europe — and this is something that German startup Charles wants to change with new $20M funding. Charles is a platform that meshes key conversational commerce components with the marketing prowess of newsletters. Charles pitches itself as a full, end-to-end product spanning backend and interface, connecting the APIs from messaging services such as WhatsApp with popular e-commerce and CRM (customer relationship management) systems like Shopify and Salesforce. Then, businesses can sell products, send newsletters and offer follow-on support.
19.07.2022
Microsoft aims to bring Stories to the enterprise with the aptly-named Stories feature, a forthcoming addition to the company’s Viva “employee experience” (i.e. intranet) platform. The Stories format of snackable content, which grew popular partly because it’s so darn effective at attracting eyeballs, might sound like an anathema to the sort of corporate customers who subscribe to Viva. After all, blue chips value productivity above most else. But Microsoft says this isn’t so — there’s an appetite for ephemeral photo and video slideshows within the workplace, the company argues, because they provide a “fun, familiar way” to stay connected with colleagues.

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