Enterprise Messaging News + Insights by Mio

Skype for Business upgrades and Slack productivity

Editor's Column February 15, 2019
Enterprise Messaging Corner
Dominic Kent


Skype for Business upgrades and Slack productivity

Enterprise messaging corner

Here you’ll find the weekly happenings in enterprise messaging – covering what Mio, Slack, Cisco and Microsoft have all been up to.


Slack posted a new blog this week about levelling up your team’s knowledge management system. Continually increasing productivity is an area that I am truly passionate about – and one of the key reasons I joined the Mio team.

There’s also been a varied reaction to Slack’s public IPO announcement in January. If you’re a Slack user and have an opinion on how this will impact your business then leave a comment – I’d love to set up a call.

Slack productivity blog


Over at Cisco, Aruna Ravichandran posted on the collaboration blog about their big green button. Webex Meetings, Webex Assistant, Webex Teams and Webex Share all now support one-touch join. Simple feature but another huge win for productivity.

Cisco also hosted an event for industry analysts this week. You can find reaction to this using #ciscocollabanalystsummit on Twitter. Initial reaction suggests it’s not just me passionate about productivity. Irwin Lazar, VP and Service Director at Nemertes, tweeted his round-up of the event:

“Overall takeaway from the #ciscocollabanalystsummit@_amychang has built a young, highly energetic team, very impressive. Passion for what they do is obvious”.


The Microsoft Teams blog has been pretty quiet this week. However, they were clearly flat out at Integrated Systems Europe and you can read what they got up to in their blog. Tom Arbuthnot, Modality Systems, also posted this week that Microsoft Teams support is coming for Safari, macOS and iPad. This will be a huge win for interoperability and my word of the week – productivity.

Staying in the Microsoft world, I received the Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams auto-upgrade email yesterday. Whilst I only use my personal free Microsoft Teams account for testing things out, I’m intrigued to see how it goes – and what happens if I ignore the email.

Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams auto upgrade email

Here at Mio, we’re building up to Enterprise Connect in Orlando, having been nominated for two awards. We’ve been selected as a finalist for the overall Best of Enterprise Connect award – a real honor. We’ve also been selected alongside Microsoft for the Best Innovation for Collaboration award.

If you’ll be there then please drop me a message in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter. If you haven’t yet registered for Enterprise Connect then make sure you use our discount code “MIO” and this link to save yourself $500 on the entry fee.

One last thing before I leave you. Like it or loathe it, it’s Valentine’s Day. If you are doing something special this evening, don’t forget to turn off your chat notifications!

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