Dropbox CEO Drew Houston announced the news at a plush press conference at the company's San Francisco headquarters on Wednesday, where he talked boldly on the group's new direction.
“We didn’t just re-do Dropbox for Business,” he said. “We re-did the [whole] foundation of Dropbox.”
The Dropbox CEO went onto demonstrate how the new and improved Dropbox for Business allows users to switch between personal and corporate accounts in the drop-down menu, as well as turn notifications on or off for both accounts.
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Today's announcement is significant because people who bring laptops or tablets with Windows 8.1 to work, or use them at home, could end up using Skype instead of Microsoft's Lync or other corporate-purchased video chat solutions.
Lync users can already see Skype presence information and call and IM Skype users. Workers may find it easier to chat with co-workers or partners who aren't in the office or connected to Lync. And to the extend that scenario catches on, some companies may reconsider whether they really need to be spending all that money on high-end videoconferencing.
Also, the video message feature introduced in February that allows users to record and send video messages within a Skype chat, was previously limited to three-minute-long videos and after 20 free messages required a $4.99 premium account.
With the update, video messaging is free and unlimited.
Other changes include stability improvements for audio and video calls, and performance enhancements for sharing photos.
To me, real innovation and the promise of mobile manifests itself when previously ignored and forgotten areas of business are empowered, entirely new sources of revenue opened, and excitement reigns where boredom and neglect used to dominate.
Let’s take field service – think millions of guys driving around in white vans fixing things – an inherently mobile industry that before mobile devices, were rather limited in the technology they could use in the field — text messages, carbon copies and clunky clipboards.
Now with the nexus of mobile and cloud computing, field service organizations have been empowered by technology to improve their [...]
With Video Messaging for Skype you can record a video message and send it to friends, family and colleagues who aren't online. They will see the message the next time they log in to Skype.
Video Messaging is accessible via Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android, and Skype for BlackBerry. There's also no limit to the number of video messages you can send or receive and the messages themselves may be as long as 3 minutes.
The Walton Centre is a specialist brain hospital in Liverpool, England and it is now using the iPad so that patients who find it difficult to talk can still communicate with doctors and family members.
Local newspaper The Liverpool Echo reports that two iPads are fitted to each hospital trolley, with one pointing at the patient’s face and the other showing the patient what they have written.
Doctors can see their patient with FaceTime (or Skype), while ComputerWeekly adds that AssistiveWare’s Proloquo2Go software allows patients to type their message to their doctor or family member. The software then converts this text into audio and relays the message [...]
Surveying a sample of 1,200 mobile enterprise workers across the globe, iPass found that a third of these workers never fully disconnect from their technology during their own personal time, with only 8% disconnecting completely while on holiday.
The Mobile Workforce Report also picked up that many workers are working an additional 20 hours for free, but this doesn't seem to faze employees. Indeed, 92% of these folk reported that they “content” with the longer hours and “enjoy the job flexibility”, while a dedicated 42% would like “even greater flexibility for their working practises”.
“BYOD is effectively turning [...]