Skype Workspace – market place or collaboration?

Reading about Skype In The Workspace makes me fear Skype (owned by Microsoft) don’t get collaboration. The word is not mentioned a single time in the description but there is lots of talk about working from anywhere – that was what happened last decade.

This decade is about people collaborating, I know Microsoft has bought Yammer the enterprise collaboration tool, but does the absence of collaboration features in Skype Workspace reflect a different positioning or do Skype/Microsoft not understand that collaboration isn’t just inside an organisation but between organisation too and that it rapidly is moving to a new level?

It looks to me like Skype has created a ‘me too’ market place with a phone service bolted on the top, not something that helps people to collaborate. Not sure I can see what Skype really adds to the market place, there are already several services in this field.


One comment

  1. While voice is important, texting is important, and email is still popular, it’s video that offers a more engaging, rich and more productive way to communicate. According to Skype’s recent Living Workplace survey (link to previous blog on survey), 42 percent of technology-empowered workers feel that the workplace is suffering from information overload and over 1/3 of these respondents (35 percent) put the blame on e-mail. Among those surveyed who currently use video, many of them experienced benefits including increased productivity, better collaboration, saving time and money.


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