Matthew Finnegan

Senior Reporter

Matthew Finnegan covers collaboration and other enterprise IT topics for Computerworld. He joined IDG in January 2013 and is based in Sweden.

Google brings automated summaries to Workspace ‘Spaces’

Google brings automated summaries to Workspace ‘Spaces’

Other updates to the company’s app suite announced at Google I/O include video call transcriptions, third-party app integrations for Meet, and tools to improve call quality such as “de-reverberation.”

Q&A: Why video calls can be bad for creativity

Q&A: Why video calls can be bad for creativity

The use of videoconferencing apps grew dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped many workers stay in touch with each other and their bosses. But there may be a downside to the video revolution.

California legislators put four-day workweek proposal on hold

California legislators put four-day workweek proposal on hold

Plans to reduce the standard workweek from 40 to 32 hours at larger firms have been shelved for now, but the bill could return.

Tech firms face unionization push, as Amazon and Apple workers organize

Tech firms face unionization push, as Amazon and Apple workers organize

The recent push for unionization at tech firms and retailers like Amazon that heavily rely on technology could put the companies in a bind if they push back too hard.

Salesforce gives developers tools to integrate with Slack apps

Salesforce gives developers tools to integrate with Slack apps

At its TrailblazerDX developer conference, Salesforce unveiled the Salesforce Platform for Slack. It includes an Apex SDK for app-building and connections to the company's Flow low-code platform to enable simple automations in Slack.

California eyes law to protect workers from digital surveillance

California eyes law to protect workers from digital surveillance

Digital monitoring and AI supervision are increasingly prevalent in a wide range of job roles. With that in mind, the California State Assembly is working on a bill that could lead to a wide range of protections for employees in the...

Execs to workers: Back to the office for thee, but not for me

Execs to workers: Back to the office for thee, but not for me

Top brass are less likely to commute in every day, according to a survey by Slack, which claims workers are seeing more stress as a result of being required to go back into the office.

WhatsApp Communities unites multiple teams chats in one place

WhatsApp Communities unites multiple teams chats in one place

Communities has potential to further boost WhatsApp’s use in workplace communications at small businesses.

California eyes four-day workweek for larger firms

California eyes four-day workweek for larger firms

A bill proposed in the California legislature is already drawing fire from business, with one group warning that a shorter workweek would “discourage job growth” in the state.

Google to invest $9.5B in US offices and data centers this year

Google to invest $9.5B in US offices and data centers this year

Google plans to boost its real estate spending as offices reopen and the company's hybrid work strategy begins to roll out.

As employees return to the office, connectivity remains a concern

As employees return to the office, connectivity remains a concern

Employees expect to increase video calls as hybrid work arrives, while traditional voice calls drop by 20%, according to a CCS Insight survey.

Q&A: Qwick CEO details his company's 4-day workweek trial

Q&A: Qwick CEO details his company's 4-day workweek trial

The hospitality gig-work platform is testing a 4-day, 32-hour workweek for full-time staffers until July, then will decide whether to stick with the change.

Async video platform Loom gets collaborative ‘HQ’

Async video platform Loom gets collaborative ‘HQ’

With aynchronous video evolving into an alternative to real-time conversations, companies like Loom are scrambling to add capabilities to their apps and software.

At Enterprise Connect, IT pros set out their hybrid work strategies

At Enterprise Connect, IT pros set out their hybrid work strategies

Hybrid remote work brings opportunities – and headaches – for IT. A panel of enterprise tech leaders explained their various strategies at this year’s Enterprise Connect industry conference.

Four-day workweek’s popularity grew during the pandemic — survey

Four-day workweek’s popularity grew during the pandemic — survey

As companies scrambled during the COVID-19 outbreak to reorient their workplace procedures and processes, one idea that gained ground was a shorter workweek.

Slack suspends access for Russia-based customers

Slack suspends access for Russia-based customers

Parent company Salesforce has pledged to stop selling to customers in Russia because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Q&A: AstraZeneca CIO Cindy Hoots on COVID-19, collaboration — and change

Q&A: AstraZeneca CIO Cindy Hoots on COVID-19, collaboration — and change

Pharmaceutical bigwig AstraZeneca, like most other companies during the COVID-19 pandemic, had to develop a remote-work strategy for its 70,000 workers quickly. Here’s what the company did and what lessons it learned.

Tech giants move to reopen offices, but differ on hybrid-work plans

Tech giants move to reopen offices, but differ on hybrid-work plans

Apple, Google, and Twitter are taking different paths to flexible work policies as they move to reopen their offices; Microsoft started its reopening Feb. 28.

Coda and Notion turn up the heat on Microsoft Office

Coda and Notion turn up the heat on Microsoft Office

The two hyped productivity software startups recently unveiled updates to their respective apps that are increasingly seen as a viable alternative to established Office software.

Employee monitoring risks ‘spiraling out of control,’ union group warns

Employee monitoring risks ‘spiraling out of control,’ union group warns

The Trades Union Congress, which represents most UK unions, argues that the ride of worker surveillance during the global COVID-19 pandemic requires new regulations.

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