IDG Contributor Network: Must-have features for enterprise VoIP

If your company has 100+ users and is in the market for a hosted VoIP phone system, be careful.

Remember the scene in the movie Tommy Boy, “Fat Guy in a Little Coat”? You don’t want your company’s new phone system to feel like this.

You won’t hear it from the salespeople [collective gasp] but most hosted VoIP solutions are designed for micro-size companies. If you want an “enterprise” system, you will have to dig a little to find a provider catering to larger companies.

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Computerworld Cloud Computing

2 useful Google Docs features you probably aren’t using

Google Docs may be known as the “lightweight” word processor, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in advanced productivity features.

Even with the once-touted add-ons for Android program apparently in limbo, Google Docs has some handy and easily overlooked options for making your mobile or desktop-based document work a little bit easier.

Two such examples I myself forgot about up until recently and then was delighted to rediscover:

1. Explore: Intelligent in-document multitasking

Ever find yourself editing a document on your phone and needing to get more info about a particular subject? Google Docs’ Explore is just the thing you want.

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Computerworld Cloud Computing

Dropbox levels up its features for administrators

IT administrators managing Dropbox deployments are supposed to have an easier time with it soon, thanks to improvements that the company announced Wednesday.

The company is rolling out a redesigned interface for examining logs of user activity within an organization, new folders that make it easier to create and manage a shared workspace for teams and mobile access management capabilities.

The move is part of Dropbox’s push to get its product used by more large organizations, in addition to its strong base of consumer users. The company recently announced that it has more than 200,000 organizations subscribed to its business offering, and improving these capabilities is not only a means of helping existing users, but also a way to prove to new ones that the company is serious about reaching businesses.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

OneDrive’s smarter photo features help it catch up with Facebook and Google

Microsoft is upping its game for organizing your personal photos. The company recently announced some significant changes to OneDrive’s photo features that borrows a little from Facebook and Google, as well as a slightly improved Photos app in Windows 10.

Automatic Albums

When you upload photos to OneDrive, the cloud service will now detect which photos were taken in a short span of time within a particular location. It will then choose the “highest quality” photos from that set and create an album.

Previously, OneDrive would only organize your photos based on the date they were taken.

On this day…

onthisday

For a while now, Facebook has shown you memories that happened on the same day from previous years such as a popular photo or text post. Now, OneDrive is doing something similar by showing you photos taken on a specific day from previous years, as well as the current one.

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CIO Cloud Computing

IDG Contributor Network: SendGrid expands beyond email delivery, offers marketing email features

Computerworld Cloud Computing

Review: Office 2016 for Mac offers a new interface and better features

Mac users of Office who have felt left out in the cold by Microsoft (because the last version, Office 2011 for Mac, was released in October 2010) now have reason to be pleased: The final version of Office 2016 for Mac brings the suite out of the dark ages and into the modern world.

Hints of what the new Office would offer have been out for quite a while, notably the preview of Outlook, introduced in October 2014. But Mac owners had to wait until early July for the final release of the full suite, including the core applications Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

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Network World Cloud Computing

Cloud World Forum: 'Rightsizing' your cloud security features

Cloud World Forum: 'Rightsizing' your cloud security features
I'm really looking forward to the Cloud World Forum, which will meet in London from June 24-25. Events of this type are great opportunities to immerse yourself in the current state of a given market. And the cloud market remains quite diverse and …
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Cloud-Based Development Gains in Popularity
The study, which uses secondary research, proprietary population algorithms and survey data from the company's Global Development survey, estimated that an additional 5.2 million expect to use cloud technology in the next seven to 12 months or later.
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Report: Cloud Market Cap To Pass 0 Billion By 2020
Longtime investor and cloud expert Byron Deeter is predicting that victory based on a three-month long study he and his venture firm, Bessemer Venture Partners, have recently completed. The report (available here) found that of 42 public cloud …
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What you missed in Cloud: Insight-as-a-service
The world's top public clouds are able to accommodate as much data as an organization can throw at them, but that scalability often proves a double-edged sword when it comes to controlling costs. That challenge that returned to the fore last week after …
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