Office / Productivity

Office and productivity software is virtually any application people use to "produce" information. That includes almost any program used to create or modify a document, image, audio or video clip. However, business application suites such as Microsoft Office, which include word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs, are typically called productivity software, as contrasted with a "utility program," such as a file manager, which is used to organize files and folders on the computer. Many office- and business-oriented groups of programs are organized into suites.

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Dear inventor of Skype for Business 'Insert auto-emojis in professional communications at inopportune times, and do not expose a means of turning this off' functionality:  You suck.
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by:Brian Matis
@Colleen - No idea. Sorry for any confusion, I just went off on a bit of a tangent about the challenges of never quite knowing how the recipient of something will see it and was using emoji as an example.
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by:Colleen Kayter
My favorite rant, Brian. Too often see corporate design guides that spec custom fonts, then they wonder why recipients don't see it with the formatting they intended. No one hates system fonts except graphic designers... :P
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Chat Client Protip—Out of Office:
With email communication, letting people know you're on vacation is a solved problem—just set your out of office notice. But what about when—like most of us at EE—you communicate primarily via chat client and it's hard to tell if you're just away from desk or on vacation?

Well, one of my co-workers here came up with what I thought was a pretty brilliant solution, which was to change his display name to append "ON VACATION" to it. Now it's pretty darn obvious and personally, I've found it very handy. Will have to try it next time I'm out!
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by:Daniella Barion
That's even better, no doubts.
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by:Brian Matis
Cool, I'll have to try it for when I'm out tomorrow :-)
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Dear Google Calendar Web Client,

I really like that you provide notifications to remind me when I've got a meeting in 10 minutes. I really don't like when you seize control of my browser and switch what tab I'm on to give me this reminder, specially when I'm in the middle of typing something and suddenly I've got a half formed sentence on some other window somewhere and I need to spend the next 5 minutes getting back to it and finishing my thought...

Why can't you offer up a browser notification instead?! Or is there a way to have you do that now that I just don't know about?
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by:Brian Matis
OMG! Yes! Thank you Craig! I remember some time long ago looking for something like that and it must not have existed yet... So I've just sort of lived with it being that way. Glad I decided to rant about this ;-)
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by:Brian Matis
Oh, and if you put together an article with a tip about that, I'd totally endorse it to help you get points ;-)
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by:Daniella Barion
Sometimes unimportant situations can turn into opportunities.
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I have always thought when I hear people say meetings are a waste of time or that a meeting did not accomplish something, that really the meeting was poorly ran. I really think that successful meetings do involve team members that know and interact with each other. Interesting to see that Google encourages that interaction during meetings. Sometimes off topic isn't the worst thing. Thoughts???
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by:Daniella Barion
I agree, when the team members  build  a relationship  ideas and discussions flow easily, interaction is high and work can be more productive.
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by:Craig Kehler
100% agree that a meeting is only a waste of time if it wasn't thought through before calling it and/or is run poorly. It seems sometimes people think just calling a meeting will solve a problem. They aren't magical.

I also strongly believe that the more you know a person the better you can pick up on their non-verbal communication which is a major part of how we communicate.

I think our lunch time team sports activities are a big boon to our productivity in this way.
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Setting aside dedicated "focus time" for deep tasks that work better without constant interruption?  That's an idea that's starting to sound very appealing... Fast Company has a great article on the subject.

How I Set Aside Two Days Each Week to Work on Just One Thing
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Amazon just announced Chime.  Looks like they're taking on HipChat/Slack/Hangouts/Skype/etc.
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by:Michael Arciniega
I'm surprised they went with only 2 users in their plus offering as well. Having 5-10 would have allowed for at least a portion of a company to use it and convince the others that it was worth it.
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by:Brandon Lyon
Yeah I really want to try this but I can't see more than 3 users in a call with screensharing costing $15 per person. They need to work on their offerings.
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Office / Productivity

Office and productivity software is virtually any application people use to "produce" information. That includes almost any program used to create or modify a document, image, audio or video clip. However, business application suites such as Microsoft Office, which include word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs, are typically called productivity software, as contrasted with a "utility program," such as a file manager, which is used to organize files and folders on the computer. Many office- and business-oriented groups of programs are organized into suites.