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Microsoft Continues Expansion of Collaboration Capabilities

Microsoft Continues Expansion of Collaboration Capabilities

The company brought live event capabilities to two corporate communications tools. Also this week: Amazon wants to help bring deep learning to containerized computing and IT pros are getting frustrated with siloed information.

The ability to host live events — defined by Microsoft as "live video events alongside rich conversation capabilities to everyone across the organization, on any device" — went into general availability for both Yammer and Microsoft Teams. As Microsoft said:

"Live events bring value to communities of any kind, by connecting people around important topics or moments, and fostering two-way discussion and engagement to help communities take important steps toward their goals. The events can be hosted live or on-demand and can be as simple or complex as necessary – allowing up to 10,000 attendees to join and participate whether they are in Steam, Microsoft Teams, or Yammer and leveraging powerful artificial intelligence (AI) features—such as automatic transcription—to unlock the content of the event recording."


Adobe surveyed 1000 self-identified IT decision-makers to identify the challenges large enterprises had in managing customer data and experiences. The top complaint, from 38% of respondents, was integrating legacy systems with new digital systems; more than a third of respondents also struggled to deal with data silos or siloed technology across different departments.

Amazon Web Services debuted AWS Deep Learning Containers, aimed at simplifying the process of a client moving their deep-learning models onto cloud services. The free Deep Learning Containers can run either on Amazon ECS (a managed Docker container service) or EKS (a managed Kubernetes service).


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