Instant Messaging

Recent instant messaging news and analysis from knowledgeable experts.

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How to get started with Microsoft Teams

In its first release, admin setup is easy but user distribution requires more work

Marc Benioff Dreamforce 2016

Salesforce takes another swing at Microsoft with chatbot building tools

The new LiveMessage service helps with automated and human-based support

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Surprise! Millennial office workers love email

If you thought text-obsessed, social-media-loving youngsters would lead us away from email, think again

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Meet Flock, a Slack rival that claims big productivity gains

A 'magic search' feature automatically displays important groups and contacts without any need for typing

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Microsoft may finally have its Slack killer

The company reportedly is building Skype Teams, its first product to truly compete against hot group messaging apps

Collaboration tools: social media messages, sharing, connection, communication

6 Slack alternatives worth a look

There’s nothing wrong with using Slack — its three million active daily users can’t all be wrong. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t another option out there that might better meet your particular needs

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You can now send files with Skype when the recipient is offline

Skype users can also pick up the shared files on any device

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7 ways to get more from Slack

Developers share their top tips for being lazy (i.e., increasing coding efficiency) using the popular group chat app

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WhatsApp expands to the desktop

A new app for the Mac and Windows will help the messaging service better match its competition

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We can repair email -- but it’s going to hurt

The major service providers have the power to fix email, but it will break many other servers in the process

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Trend Micro: 6 most popular homebrewed terrorist tools

Terrorist are developing apps that include pre-packaged encryption, DDoS, and a news feed for tech-light jihadists

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Messaging apps must come together

Internet messaging has broken the rule of universal communication standards, and it needs to be fixed

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How ChatOps can revolutionize your business

ChatOps connects people, bots, and tools, making information readily available and creating an easier workflow

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Viber follows WhatsApp in adding end-to-end encryption to its messaging service

Calls, text messages, videos, and photos will all be encrypted in such a way that only intended recipients can access them

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Google pushes ahead with RCS messaging app to run on Android phones

RCS approach seen as universal messaging, similar to Apple iMessage

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Review: Office 365 fails at collaboration

Despite years of promises and gap-filling acquisitions, Microsoft's collaboration toolkit remains a woefully inadequate mishmash

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WhatsApp fixes dangerous flaw in Web app

A flaw that could affect as many as 200 million people could be used to trick people into installing malware

Microsoft presses 'Send': a new mobile app for quick office communications

Synced with Outlook, the messaging tool requires no subject line, salutation, or signature

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