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Microsoft team collaboration software gains momentum

In UC news, Microsoft team collaboration tools garner more interest among organizations. Plus, email encryption services see increased demand to mitigate data breaches.

Microsoft is poised to become a leader in team collaboration software with the popularity of Skype for Business and growing interest in its team chat app, Microsoft Teams, according to a report from Spiceworks Inc., an IT social network based in Austin, Texas.

The report surveyed 448 IT professionals in small, midsize and large businesses on their current use of team collaboration software and adoption plans. The report found 42% of companies have deployed team collaboration software, with Skype for Business leading the pack, followed by Google Hangouts and Slack.

When organizations look to the future of team collaboration software, Microsoft gains momentum. Nearly 11% of organizations plan to adopt Skype for Business, while 17% plan to adopt Microsoft Teams. According to the report, Microsoft Teams is on track to surpass Slack and Google Hangouts deployments by the end of 2018.

Organizations gave Skype for Business top marks for security, manageability and reliability, while Slack was viewed as more user-friendly and compatible with third-party apps.

Email encryption services see growing relevance

As organizations move their email to the cloud and data breaches become more prevalent, demand has risen for email encryption services to protect sensitive information.

According to a report from market research firm Technavio, the demand for email encryption services has increased in markets such as healthcare, government and financial services. However, the email encryption market is fragmented and competitive, with players ranging from multinational vendors to smaller, regional vendors.

The report named five leading vendors in the email encryption market.

Cisco is considered a leader for its wide range of services beyond email encryption and its ability to serve various businesses of all sizes. Proofpoint was named a leader for its email encryption services to protect an organization's messaging infrastructure from threats, such as phishing, spam and malware.

Symantec is a market leader for its encryption and data loss prevention services that range from mobile, cloud and on-premises environments. Trend Micro was named a leader for its innovative approach to email and web security. Zix is a leader for its data loss prevention and BYOD services that meet compliance requirements for financial, healthcare and government verticals.

NetSfere expands messaging security

NetSfere updated its mobile messaging service to expand support for secure communication with external users.

NetSfere users can now communicate with guest users who are members of other NetSfere messaging groups and external users without NetSfere accounts. NetSfere also added personal web links to support secure internal and external messaging.

All NetSfere conversations are encrypted by default. The service offers additional IT administration controls, such as disabling attachments by file type and platform, and prohibiting forwarding attachments to other users.

Anurag Lal, CEO of Infinite Convergence Solutions Inc., based in Chicago, which owns NetSfere, said the updates make collaboration easier for users, while providing IT with additional layers of security and control.

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