Virtual meeting 101: Body language tips for Zoom, Teams, and life

There are many ways individuals can level up their nonverbal communication to maximize this limited space. Here are tips from a leadership presence coach. IMAGE: iStock/fizkes In our day-to-day lives, our body language and other nonverbal cues emit a host of information to others. These signals provide key insights about our mood, thoughts, and emotions. […]

Microsoft Teams: This new feature aims to save you from video-conferencing burnout

Together Mode whisks participants into a virtual auditorium and aims to make video meetings more interesting, engaging and social affairs. If there’s one thing remote working is crying out for less of, it’s video conferencing. With interactions with our colleagues still taking place almost exclusively online, the daily ritual of having to log into a […]

How managers and teams use emojis at work

Emojis are helping to easily convey emotion and personality over Slack, with the Thumbs Up, Heart, and Laughing Face as the most popular, Cultivate found. Image: iStockphoto Emojis have become a quick, easy way to convey emotion and personality via Slack, a Cultivate report found. While emojis used to be associated with texting between teens, […]

Where to find the best virtual backgrounds for Microsoft Teams

A host of websites offer creative and clever background images for your Teams meetings. Image: Microsoft Microsoft Teams now lets you use your own custom images as your virtual background. Microsoft offers a few built-in images, or you can upload your own from your photo library. But maybe you can’t find the right type of […]

Botnet Encyclopedia helps security teams analyze suspicious activity in data centers

New resource lists source IPs, connect-back servers, and attack flows for established campaigns and emerging threats. Guardicore has published a new resource for security teams to use when defending data centers against botnet campaigns. Image: Guardicore Guardicore’s Botnet Encyclopedia is a new, free tool for security teams tracking suspicious activity in data centers. Users can […]

Microsoft Teams is different on desktop, iOS and Android: Here’s what you need to know

Microsoft is rapidly evolving its Teams app on iOS and Android, as the collaboration tool embraces firstline and other mobile workers. Collaboration tools like Slack and Teams have become key to remote work, offering shared spaces for working on specific projects, hanging out with co-workers, and taking part in voice and video meetings. They’re powerful […]

66 data-science teams worldwide participate in challenge to beat COVID-19

Winners identified location-based risks, developed apps to calculate infection risk, and delivered data-driven recommendations for Los Angeles County’s reopening stages. Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Data scientists determined to facilitate transitions to reopen the economy participated in a two-week “2020 COVID-19 Computational Challenge” (CCC) in mid-June. The challenge was to “provide guidance for risk mitigation to serve” […]

How IT teams have been challenged by the shift to remote working

IT staffers have grappled with such user issues as password lockouts and an inability to access internal apps, says Hitachi ID. Image: Monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images/iStockphoto The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has led to a quick and abrupt shift toward remote working among many organizations. Such a fast transition naturally has been a challenge for […]

Zoom losing to Teams in the video conference race to the top

Microsoft Teams use grew 894%, while Zoom’s grew 677%, between Feb. 17 to June 14, according to data from Aternity. Image: Aternity Zoom may have the hype, the cool backgrounds, and the sexy name, but Microsoft Teams quietly surpassed Zoom users during the week of May 4. As of June 14, 2020, Microsoft Teams grew […]

Asana expands offerings with Asana for Microsoft Teams

COVID-19 sent 54% of IT decision-makers to increase investment in collaboration applications, despite decreased budgets. Illustration: Lisa Hornung As remote and distributed work prevails in the new normal, Asana and Microsoft found a way for work teams to stay connected and organized, and today introduced Asana for Microsoft Teams. With so many businesses still reliant […]