Future of Work Roundup: August 2016

Box

  • Launched Box Shuttle, which allows companies to transfer large data files from their legacy systems to Box’s service. [TechCrunch]
  • Launched Point Comments and Text Highlighting for platform apps. This feature allows for developers to bake in the ability to add comments to specific spots on a document and highlight text. [VentureBeat]

Cisco

  • Cisco and IBM have large plans for their collaboration tools as they announced that some of their flagship products such as WebEx and Verse will become interoperable. Additionally, the tools will have the ability to link up with IBM’s Watson, which allows the tools to access Watson’s impressive cognitive computing power and artificial intelligence. [ZDNet]

Microsoft

  • Simplified its Skype video conferencing tool, with a new product — Skype Meetings. The simplification not only allows for easier meeting setup, but also offers an improved video experience. Skype Meetings in action. [TheNextWeb]
  • Updated Microsoft Dynamics, its improved cloud business software. The improvement will combine its enterprise resource planning software with its CRM software. [WSJ]
  • Released Power BI’s ‘publish to web’ feature. The feature allows users to share data visualizations they have created publicly via URLs and HTML snippets. [VentureBeat]
  • Introduced Microsoft Stream as a free preview of a secure destination to manage and share videos from businesses. This improvement will bolster the Microsoft suite offerings around communications and data, including the ability to broadcast.[Microsoft Blog]
  • Partnered Azure with GE’s Predix (cloud data management) software solution. The two companies plan to build on this partnership with an even larger strategic alliance in the future. [Forbes]
  • Announced their “Surface as a Service” initiative. The program will allow companies to lease the latest Surface devices, in addition addition to allowing businesses to purchase subscriptions to Office 365 and Windows 10 for Surface use. [TechCrunch]

HourlyNerd

  • Secured a $22M Series C round to expand its on-demand staffing company. HourlyNerd wants to reinvent how companies envision staffing as it sees the future workplace containing more remote employees. [TechCrunch]

Polycom

  • Acquired by Siris Capital for $2 billion. Polycom specializes in video conferencing collaboration tools. [TechCrunch]

RedKix

  • Raised a $17M seed round. RedKix plans to reinvent email by combining a modern real-time chat messaging feature with traditional ad-hoc email. RedKix Introduction Video. [TechCrunch]

Atlassian

  • Acquired StatusPage, an service that allows online businesses to keep their users updated about the status of their online services. [TechCrunch]

Google

  • Launched a new public beta API from its Cloud Natural Language service that gives developers access to Google-powered sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and syntax analysis to help you parse natural language. [TechCrunch]
  • Acquired Launchpad, a set of tools that make it easy to track sales, reviews, and build a landing page for apps and services — to make Android development tools easier. [The Next Web]
  • Brought the Add-on feature for Docs & Sheets to Android. This feature allows for easier use of third-party services when working with Google Apps on your mobile devices. [TechCrunch]

Workday

  • Purchased Platfora, a startup focused on big data analysis, to strengthen its cloud financial offerings. [Fortune]

Salesforce

  • Acquired Quip, the mobile-friendly word processing app, for $582M. [VentureBeat]
  • Acquired Coolan, whose software analyzes data about data center hardware. [VentureBeat]

LinkedIn

  • Not losing steam after the Microsoft acquisition, Linkedin purchased PointDrive, a service that lets salespeople share visual content with prospective clients to help seal the deal, to boost its social selling platform with sharing. [TechCrunch]

LogMeIn

  • LogMeIn, a cloud communication company and the owner of join.me, is combining with Citrix’s GoTo business in a deal valued at over $1.8 billion. [MarketWatch]

Cronycle

  • This “news-meets-collaboration” platform that adds a new dimension to real-time news raised $2.6M. [TechCrunch]

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