The difference between blockchain and a database explained

Blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been touted as the answer for just about every transactional issue facing the world today – from payment processing and supply chain tracking to digital identities and copyright protection. Databases, however, have been serving those same use cases for decades. They record how much …

Microsoft to stop providing Windows 10 ‘ready for business’ guidance

Microsoft plans to soon streamline its Windows 10 servicing jargon by eliminating a term that describes the first release phase of each feature upgrade. Critics say the change will leave commercial customers unsure about where the upgrade stands on stability and reliability. [ Related: How to clean up your Windows …

How AI is changing office suites

While composing an email, you see autocomplete suggestions that match your writing style. When you insert an image into a presentation, the software makes cropping and layout suggestions. If you forget to respond to an important message, it reappears at the top of your inbox with a reminder. Google’s G …

CIOs, you’re doing blockchain wrong

IT leaders who’ve taken the plunge into blockchain are mainly deploying it in proofs-of-concept tests to address the same problems a conventional database could handle, according to research firm Gartner. Relying on a survey of consulting firms whose clients had deployed some form of blockchain, Gartner found that CIOs are …

Does Slack’s move to go public make it an acquisition target?

Slack announced last week that it is preparing for a public listing, capitalizing on huge growth in the six years since its launch. But could the popular workplace collaboration software company get acquired even before it hits the stock market? “The fact that Slack is heading for a stock market listing …

Does Workplace have a Facebook problem?

Facebook emerged from 2018 bruised from a series of revelations that undermined trust in the popular social media platform and raised questions about its commitment to privacy. There were the Cambridge Analytica revelations last March, security bugs later in the year that compromised data for millions of users, and a …

10 productivity-boosting apps for Microsoft Teams

Teams is Microsoft’s chat-based collaboration tool that connects employees via group chat, direct messaging and file sharing. Teams has a big advantage over rivals because it can hook into Microsoft’s various office productivity apps, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But users still expect to be able to connect to a …

Where’s Apple’s collaboration service?

There’s one glaring gap in Apple’s plan to transition to a services company – the lack of enterprise services. The collaboration market, for instance, is one of the biggest growth sectors in enterprise software. Given that Apple currently dominates the enterprise mobility market, it’s surprising that it’s made little effort …