Enterprise 2.0 News

17.11.17


Zoho released the new version of note-taking app Zoho Notebook 4.0 that marks the launch of Notebook for Web. Then there’s also the introduction of Smart Cards, which intelligently format content you add to Notebook across devices. And if those two things aren’t enough, it added document scanning along with a redesigned Photo Card, lots of drag and drop to Notebook for iPad Pro, and several other cross-platform updates. Notebook for Web brings all your notes and notebooks online. You can create Text, Checklist, Photo, and File Cards. To add a custom Notebook cover, simply drag an image from your desktop and drop it on the cover you want to replace. You can create Photo and File Cards in Notebook by dragging and dropping from your desktop, as well. Notes can be grouped, moved, and copied to different notebooks. And both notebooks and notes can be locked with a passcode. If you have a Notebook account, the web app is automatically available. Zoho Notebook alternatives are: Evernote, OneNote
16.11.17

Skype announced the new account type - Professional Account - freelancers and online entrepreneurs, that give online lessons, tutoring and consulting. The Skype Professional Account desktop client, soon to be released in preview in the U.S., adds powerful new features to Skype to make doing your online business a whole lot easier. In addition to meeting with your clients as you have been on Skype, you can also book those meetings, accept payments, and keep notes—all in one place. Skype Professional Account gives you the power to do business from one app for free (during the preview). From French tutors to yoga instructors, you’ll be able to book lessons, accept payments, and give lessons all from one place, seamlessly. Plus, we’ve added an enhanced profile page to help improve your online presence and a dedicated website for your small business right in Skype. Your contacts will be able to see pertinent info like your hours and business offerings. All the features work together. For example, a payment request can be sent along with a booking. Skype alternatives are: OoVoo, Facetime, Google Voice, Google Hangouts, Tango, Vonage, Viber, Vonage
15.11.17

SendGrid, the marketing email company, raised $131 million after pricing its IPO at $16, above the expected range of $13.50 to $15.50. The company begins trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker SEND. SendGrid helps businesses send marketing emails. It says in its IPO filing that it has processed more than one trillion emails. SendGrid says competes with SparkPost, MailChimp and divisions of Amazon, Oracle and Salesforce. SendGrid alternatives are: Mailchimp, Salesforce Marketing Cloud, Aweber, Constant Contact, Mailjet, iContact
15.11.17


Mozilla's latest browser Firefox Quantum is really, really fast. In a test conducted with the open-source project WebPageTest, Firefox Quantum loaded a number of top websites before Chrome did, including Yelp, Shutterstock, Ask.com and even Google Search itself.  (Chrome was still, of course, faster to load most Google and Youtube pages).  The browser also uses around 30% less memory than its competitors Chrome, Edge, and Safari on Windows operating systems, and only uses a tiny bit more than Chrome on macOS. This means you can run 30% more tabs without your browser crashing or slowing to a crawl.  But where the company hopes its browser will stand out the most is in the interface. The company extensively researched the way users navigate browsers, and Firefox Quantum has a number of small, but significant features to accommodate those patterns. Firefox alternatives are: Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, Waterfox
09.11.17

Facebook Messenger is coming to business websites. The new plugin allows customers to talk directly with businesses on their websites using Messenger, and continue those conversations across web, mobile and tablet devices. Not only does the ability to use Messenger mean the business is making itself available within an application that now reaches some 1.2 billion monthly users and growing, the Messenger platform also supports features like payments, bots that understand natural language, and rich media, among other things. Like other web chat systems, the Messenger chat plugin is designed to hover over top the business’s web page, and is indicated by the familiar, blue Messenger icon. Facebook Messenger alternatives are: Google Hangouts, Skype, Viber, iMessage, BBM, WhatsApp
03.11.17

Zoho rolled out update to its Zoho CRM Plus, the all-in-one customer engagement suite. The developers refreshed the whole interface and cleared out the clutter. The app selector is now replaced with an all-new navigation bar to the left side instead of the top. When you know exactly which part of the product you want to access, you can use the new Quick Links feature to go straight there. Besides, Zoho CRM Plus automatically adapts to your usage patterns by putting the records you last accessed to the front under Recent Items. Also now you can configure the settings of all your Zoho CRM Plus apps in one place and search across all apps with advanced filters to get relevant data from different teams in your organisation. Zoho CRM alternatives are: Salesforce, Highrise, vtiger CRM, SugarCRM, Bitrix24
02.11.17


Evernote built a new integration with the highly popular messaging app Slack. Evernote is where you keep all your ideas, and Slack connects your ideas to other people. By removing the friction between these two tools, you can now spend less time searching and more time doing. By using the /note command in Slack you can jot down your notes, create a to-do list or a reminder—all without leaving the conversation. Or you can use the /clip command to capture messages from Slack and save them (based on date, importance, or URL) as a note in Evernote. With the /find command you can now search for the specific note you need and share a snapshot with the team without leaving Slack. Evernote alternatives are: OneNote, Springpad, Notability, Wunderlist, Google Keep, Pocket, Simplenote, Google Drive, DropBox, Slack
01.11.17

LinkedIn integration within Outlook.com is now going live, allowing email users to view insights, profile pictures, work history and more from within their inbox. This would not be the first time that LinkedIn data found its way into email. Before being bought by Microsoft, LinkedIn itself acquired a smaller company called Rapportive which made a then popular Gmail add-in that integrated social profile data into Gmail’s web app. It later revamped the app to focus more heavily on the LinkedIn integration, and less on connections to other services like Facebook and Twitter. With the new Outlook integration, customers can click on an email contact’s name right in their inbox then view a rich contact card that includes a link to their LinkedIn profile. Outlook.com alternatives are: GMail, Office 365
01.11.17

InVision, the design collaboration tool, announced the close of a $100 million Series E funding round. The company recently announced InVision Studio, which is meant to take on Photoshop and Sketch, giving designers all the tools they need to not only collaborate with their peers, but create the original designs. InVision also acquired Brand.ai, a tool that helps manage design teams at scale with cloud-based asset management. InVision says that more than 70 percent of its users aren’t on the design team, which is part of what has made the company so successful over the past six years. InVision alternatives are: Axure, Balsamiq Mockups, Flinto, Proto.io, Photoshop Express
01.11.17

Hangouts Meet, Google’s service for running video and audio meetings, is getting a few new hardware kit that includes a touchscreen controller, speaker microphone, 4K camera and an ASUS Chromebox to control it all. For a while now, Google has sold numerous meeting kits based around the Acer and ASUS Chromeboxes at prices that range from $999 to $1,999. That was before the Hangouts Meet and Chat schism, though (which is still confusing), and this new kit is specifically geared toward Hangouts Meet and G Suite Enterprise edition customers. It’s also the first set to feature this new touchscreen controller (though that, too, isn’t the first touchscreen specifically geared toward Hangouts meetings). That touchscreen, Google tells me, is a 10-inch MIMO Vue capacitive display with HDMI capture. These screens typically retail for about $499 outside of this kit. Google Hangouts alternatives are: Skype, Viber, GoToMeeting, WebEx, Slack
01.11.17

Cloud app integration service Zapier is unveiling shared folders to help teams automate anything, together. Shared folders let teammates access a shared set of Zaps and collaborate to build more powerful workflows. With your individual Zapier account, you can create automated workflows called Zaps that connect two or more apps. But until now, you couldn't share those clever workflows with your co-workers. Shared folders make it possible. Anyone with access to a shared folder can tweak and improve the Zaps inside or copy them for their own use. We even added an option to share accounts for other tools—like Dropbox, Pipedrive, and Typeform—so you don't need to create separate logins for everyone. Zapier alternatives are: IFTTT, Cloudwork, MuleSoft CloudHub, Yahoo Pipes
31.10.17

The collaborative workplace platform Slack is adding one of its most requested features: screen-sharing tool. Slack previously allowed users on a call to share screens with other collaborators, but now, Slack users can also allow others to interact with the screen in a number of ways, including typing, drawing, and editing on the screen. Enabling this new interactive screen-sharing ability on Slack looks pretty simple. During a Slack call, you just need to hit the "Share control of your screen" button which will then give each participant on the call their own cursor. They can now type, edit, and draw on the shared screen. Slack alternatives are: Microsoft Teams, Hipchat, Flowdock, Yammer, Basecamp, Skype, Asana, Google Hangouts, Salesforce
27.10.17

Facebook Workplace, the business-focused version of Facebook, is officially breaking out messaging features into a standalone app for desktop and mobile called Workplace Chat. Now, Workplace users can access messaging features like screen and file sharing, private and group messages, and video calling all in one app. Speaking of video calling, Facebook plans to add group video calling to Workplace's repertoire of messaging features "in the coming months." Facebook Workplace now counts more than 30,000 businesses and organizations using the software. That group, more than double what Workplace claimed six months ago, includes names like Starbucks, Spotify, Lyft, and Walmart. Facebook Workplace alternatives are: IBM Connections, Yammer, Salesforce Chatter, Jive, Slack
26.10.17

Google allowed third-party add-ons for Gmail today. These native extensions will allow you to bring the power of services like Asana, DocuSign, Trello, Wrike and others directly to your inbox — no matter whether you are an enterprise or individual user. The focus here is on productivity services that, for the most part, already include some connection to email. The add-ons live in the right sidepane of Gmail (though sadly they are not available in Inbox by Gmail, Google’s other email client). What’s nice is that these add-ons also work in the mobile Gmail app on Android. As for iOS support, a Google is working with Apple to bring Gmail Add-ons to iOS users. Gmail alternatives are: Microsoft Exchange, MS Outlook, Lotus Notes, Zoho Mail, Outlook.com, G Suite
26.10.17

As far as container orchestration goes, Kubernetes is quickly becoming the de facto standard, even as Docker Swarm and Mesos/Mesosphere DC/OS continue to find their own niches. For the longest time, Microsoft argued that one of the advantages of its managed Azure Container Service (ACS) was its support for multiple orchestration tools, but that’s shifting a bit today and Microsoft is changing the acronym for the Azure Container Service to AKS where K stands for Kubernetes. AKS itself is free, but you still pay for the VMs that actually run your containers, of course. That’s unlike the Google Container Engine, which charges users a flat fee per hour and cluster on its service. It’s a small fee, but it’s not free. Kubernetes alternatives are: Docker, CoreOS, OpenStack
26.10.17


Zoho has quite popular project management service - Zoho Projects. But it decided to launch another one focused on agile methodology - Zoho Sprints. It's designed to let users stay open to change at any stage of the project life cycle using the Scrum process. The aim is to eliminate the complexity and clutter that clunky UI and heavy processes bring to agile. A Sprints project starts in the backlog, which is essentially your to-do list. Once your tasks are lined up, you can arrange this list according to priority, and add the highest priority items to the backlog any time you need. A sprint cycle is typically 2-4 weeks of activity, at the end of which you’ll have something to show. The paid plan starts at $20 per month for up to 20 users, for as many projects as you want. Zoho Sprints alternatives are: Zoho Projects
24.10.17


LinkedIn is unveiling a new smart reply feature in its messaging app, which gives users prompts with different phrases to use while they are chatting to keep the conversation flowing. The feature is launching in English first in LinkedIn’s mobile app and on desktop. LinkedIn says that it plans to roll it out to more languages sometime in the future. And users can opt out of the smart reply feature in their settings. LinkedIn has been trying suggested replies since January, but the key difference in today’s news is that the company is now using more AI tools like machine learning and more sophisticated natural language processing to be able to understand the gist of a conversation and how to help keep it going. LinkedIn alternatives are: Xing, CareerBuilder, DICE, Glassdoor
24.10.17


Microsoft Visio was the first popular tool for building schemes and diagrams, designing software and site interfaces. But then a lot of online alternatives (like Gliffy, OmniGiraffe) appeared with collaboravite features, and most users forgot about the heavy Visio. For some reason Microsoft didn't release the online version of Visio together with other Office editors (Word, Excel...). Then, some years later (in 2016) the company launched just Visio Online viewer. And only now Visio Online becomes full-featured app that allows to build and edit diagrams in browser and organize teamwork on them. It costs $5/month per user. The free Visio Onilne viewer is available in almost all Office 365 plans. Microsoft Visio alternatives are: Gliffy, Draw.io, LucidChart
20.10.17

Microsoft announced a significant upgrade to its Teams collaboration app this week, bumping up the number of people allowed in a single Team from 999 to 2500. When Teams launched last November, people speculated the app was Microsoft's answer to Slack and Stride for Office 365. But with the original Team size limit of 999 people per team, Teams remained an attractive option for small-to-medium enterprises, but held limited appeal for larger organizations. Since its release, one of the most frequently requested improvements from users was an increase to that limit. For companies with over 15,000 employees — in other words, the companies Microsoft appears to be targeting — a 2500 limit is unlikely to be a big enough increase. Microsoft Teams alternatives are: Slack, HipChat, Yammer, Skype for Business
20.10.17

Duo Security announced $70 million Series D funding at a valuation of $1.17 billion. The Michigan-based SaaS company works with more than 10,000 companies. The company’s main product is a two-factor authentication app but Duo also offers other security products to secure users and their devices. Duo’s solution is cloud-based, which means there's no software to install, and no server to set up. The new investment will help accelerate the company’s technical innovations and operations as well as securing new partnerships. Duo Security alternatives are: Google Authenticator, Authy, Toopher, YubiKey