Future of Work Roundup: September 2016


  • Started rolling out HoloLens, its augmented-reality glasses, to business customers in the U.S. and Canada. A ‘commercial suite’ option is also available that includes a variety of enterprise features. [ZDNet]
  • Publicly released its Excel API, allowing developers to use Excel with Office 365 in order to perform functions like running calculations and building dashboards, by accessing the data stored in their spreadsheets. [TechCrunch]
  • Released Flow, its workflow management tool, on Android. The app allows users to create workflows by mashing up multiple services or tools, similar to IFTTT and Zapier. [TechCrunch]
  • Now helps Mac users easily convert from Evernote to OneNote with its OneNote Importer tool, allowing users to import all their notes and saved items automatically. [TechCrunch]
  • Acquired Genee, an AI scheduling assistant bot that helps large groups plan meetings, to help accelerate intelligence experiences in Office 365. [TechCrunch]


  • Launched mobile versions of Paper, their document-editing app, on both iPhone and Android. [TechCrunch]


  • Acquired Orbitera, a platform to buy and sell cloud-based software, with a focus on enterprise services. [TechCrunch]
  • Added a glanceable view to Inbox that summarizes email newsletters from apps like Trello, GItHub, and Google News. [TechCrunch]


  • Added an integrated calendar built into its Inbox app, providing salespeople with a quick way to find out more contextual information about the people they meet with. The app currently pulls CRM data in, and will eventually also include relevant email and team communication exchanges. [TechCrunch]


  • Launched group video chats on HipChat, building upon its acquisition of BlueJimp, augmenting its connectivity features on the enterprise chat platform. [TechCrunch]


  • Made its third-party integrations, dubbed Power-Ups, available to free users. These include products like SurveyMonkey, join.me, Slack, Github, and now Intercom and Screenful. [TechCrunch]


  • People.ai, part of Y Combinator’s summer cohort, is trying to tackle the problem of contextual and predictive data when it comes to sales. Their platform seeks to use machine learning to the sales world, providing sales reps with a ‘predictive playbook’ on how to close more deals, based on prior successful deals. [TechCrunch]
  • Accompany launched its ‘chief-of-staff’ app in beta, a relationship management tool whose comprehensive database of people provides knowledge workers with all the relevant information for the important people in their professional social graph. The tool provides insights from touchpoints such as social interactions, meetings, and emails, building a contextual download of everything you know about a person, ready for you before you next interact with them. [TechCrunch]
  • EventBoard, which provides data-driven insights on meetings, raised a $13.5M Series B, as it seeks to optimize people, places, and technology in the workplace. [VentureBeat]
  • Boomerang for Gmail launched an A.I. feature called Respondable to help knowledge workers write better emails, offering insights and suggestions based on metrics like positivity, politeness, readability, and likeliness of getting a response. [VentureBeat]
  • Pingpad announced its new enterprise collaboration tool built on top of Slack, which captures chat conversations and converts the extracted information into an organized, searchable and usable document. [TechCrunch]

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