Jon Udell

Jon Udell was once "blogger in chief" for InfoWorld and is now the community lead for steampipe.io.

Windows 10 hardware tale has a happy ending

Windows 10 hardware tale has a happy ending

It took four units, but convertible laptop glory was eventually attained. Now one more tweak might win a few more Windows 10 converts

Windows 10 hardware is off to a shaky start

Windows 10 hardware is off to a shaky start

Following the Windows 8 debacle, you'd think top-tier Windows 10 hardware vendors would be extra careful to ensure their shipping laptops actually work

Microsoft doesn't get collaboration -- but it might

Microsoft doesn't get collaboration -- but it might

Despite a mix of solutions from SharePoint to Office 365 Groups, Microsoft's approach to collaboration is stuck in the past -- it doesn't have to be that way

Google falls behind the curve in collaboration

Google falls behind the curve in collaboration

Google Drive and Docs live on their own quirky island, limiting interoperability and usefulness in helping groups get work done

Where GitHub, Slack, and Trello fall short for collaboration

Where GitHub, Slack, and Trello fall short for collaboration

GitHub combines many desirable features for project management and teamwork, but it can't quite meet everyone's needs or preferences

Soon everyone will be annotating the Web

Soon everyone will be annotating the Web

As Web pages become apps, they will also become collaborative spaces where anyone can annotate -- and the rules of engagement will take a while to work themselves out

Hands on: Slack gets a real-world teamwork test

Hands on: Slack gets a real-world teamwork test

Newly arrived, Slack is already changing the way our workgroup collaborates, but the provisions for integration with other apps need help

Why is automating simple tasks so hard?

Why is automating simple tasks so hard?

It should be easy to configure office software to perform repetitive workgroup tasks -- but it isn't, even in the Google Apps era

After Yahoo Pipes: Back to square one?

After Yahoo Pipes: Back to square one?

With Yahoo Pipes out of the picture, we need to take another look at enabling communication between feeds, notifications, and mobile devices

Working observably: The next best thing to being there

Working observably: The next best thing to being there

Collaboration platforms aren't just about online meetings. With the right software and culture, the virtual equivalent of water cooler conversations thrive

Training and bug reporting should be part of every app

Training and bug reporting should be part of every app

We all live with the disconnect between user frustration and developers' attempts to fix problems. In an ideal world, the ability to bridge that gap would be part of the build

For remote collaboration, Google Apps still can't be beat

For remote collaboration, Google Apps still can't be beat

Successful team meetings require input from everyone. When you can't be in the same room, Google Hangouts and Google Drawings offer an effective virtual alternative

In search of the Holy Grail of audio and video editing

In search of the Holy Grail of audio and video editing

Imagine editing audio and video by manipulating text in a corresponding transcript; that day is almost here

Online identity: Where collaboration and innovation get stuck

Online identity: Where collaboration and innovation get stuck

Innovation and collaboration go together, but to work together across platforms we need an independent identity scheme over which users have full control

A better way to capture team meetings

A better way to capture team meetings

With Google's Hangouts on Air, you can skip the live note-taking and share a richly annotated recording instead

Transform your email server into a collaboration platform

Transform your email server into a collaboration platform

Many attempts at business collaboration have failed because they established environments separate from email. Here's how one can become an extension of the other

Wanted: Easy database app dev tools for the Web

Wanted: Easy database app dev tools for the Web

Building database apps for a workgroup used to be a simple task. All we need is a new, modern set of Web tools to make that task easy again

Save FriendFeed! Why we need niche social networks

Save FriendFeed! Why we need niche social networks

The Internet economy dictates that social networks win big or go away. But there should be a place for useful services like FriendFeed, which Facebook says it will kill soon

What happened to customer service? Try Twitter

What happened to customer service? Try Twitter

Where websites fall prey to the process-heavy constraints of yore, social media breaks through with a direct line to customers who need information now

Why mobile apps are a step backward

Why mobile apps are a step backward

The Web has given us the opportunity to share context freely and openly. Mobile apps takes us back to the days of the proprietary client all over again

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