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Google's Slides presentation app now works offline on iOS

Google's Slides presentation app can now be used without an Internet connection on iOS devices, joining the two other core office productivity tools in the company's suite, the Docs word processor and Sheets spreadsheet software.

With the move, announced Monday, Google also offers an alternative to Microsoft's native Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhones and iPads.

Cisco acquires tiny collaboration company

Cisco last week acquired Assemblage, a maker of browser-to-browser collaboration tools that do not require downloads, plugins or installations.

Assemblage offers real-time collaboration applications for shared whiteboarding, presentation broadcasting and screen sharing. Its products can set up inter-browser collaboration with just one mouse click, Cisco says. Assemblage provides WebRTC and HTML 5 based solutions.

Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with beefier Apps suite

Under pressure from Microsoft's Office 365, Google has launched a premium edition of Apps with unlimited cloud storage and extra IT controls, and it has improved the Docs office productivity suite.

Although this new edition is essentially Apps for Business with an extra set of features, Google has branded it differently, shifting the spotlight from "apps" to storage by calling it Drive for Work.

A first: Microsoft pulls in more from enterprise collaboration than Cisco

Microsoft has overcome Cisco’s lead in enterprise collaboration sales in the first quarter of 2014, taking in a slightly higher percentage of sales for the first time, according to Synergy Research Group.

Siemens' Unify to cut staff in half

Unify, a joint venture between Siemens and the Gores Group, will cut 50 percent of its staff and refocus its product roster away from hardware, following a shift in the overall unified communications market toward software and cloud services.

The company, which is announced the massive restructuring on Monday, and said it would also boost its channel strategy to work better with reseller partners.

SFR Business Team: communication-collaboration, services cloud (M2M, IoT).

Offres convergentes (communications unifiées et collaboration), cloud privé et objets connectés (M2M/IoT), services à valeur ajoutée : SFR Business Team a cerné ses relais de croissance pour les prochaines années.

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre pour SFR Business Team.

Gartner Tells IT Executives How to Enable Enterprise Collaboration

Collaboration is the essence of teamwork and probably the most important reason businesses build teams in the first place. Ironically, however, many companies struggle to embrace and enable collaboration among today's digital workforce?

Analysts, CIOs and other IT executives at Gartner's Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit last week discussed why businesses are failing to meet this challenge and offered advice on how to develop a more enriched digital workforce.

Microsoft reveals new Office features available only in the cloud

Microsoft showed off new Office features at TechEd 2014, but some of them will never be available to customers who don't embrace the cloud version of the software suite, Office 365, and the company will take its time bringing others to market for Office Server users.

Microsoft's Lync plants its flag in Android tablets

Microsoft has released a new version of its Lync client for Android that now works on tablets as well as smartphones, expanding the footprint of its fast-growing unified communications product.

There are already Lync apps for iOS -- iPhone and iPad -- Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

WebRTC in 2014: The State of the Market

Primary research on WebRTC published in a Webtorials State-of-the-Market report that examines who is already using WebRTC-- and who plans to use it in the coming year.  Larry Hettick provided the quantitative insights and qualitative analysis based on input from IT professionals that represent various organizations around the world.   WebRTC is a platform that provides web application developers the ability to write real-time multimedia app

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