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Special Edition, January 2017 Vol. 1, No. 1

Chit chat: The new team collaboration apps go mainstream

Gone are the days of dial-up internet and ubiquitous AOL accounts, when Meg Ryan had mail and no one owned a smartphone. Yet, many years and seven iPhone generations later, email -- for all its frustrations and shortcomings -- still reigns as the undisputed norm when it comes to workplace communication. And while many desk jockeys bemoan their fraught relationships with overflowing inboxes, most also consider email a necessary evil of modern life -- hard to live with, but impossible to live without.

The rising popularity of the new team collaboration apps, however, suggests email might ultimately prove more vulnerable than many believe. In this special edition of Network Evolution, we explore how the growing adoption of team collaboration apps -- such as Slack, Unify Circuit, Cisco Spark and Microsoft Teams -- creates a ripple effect in the mainstream enterprise that reaches beyond internal, employee-to-employee communication. Hear from one company that uses a messaging platform to communicate with customers, and find out why another early adopter believes team collaboration apps could even threaten LinkedIn as the go-to business-to-business social media platform.

Also in this issue, learn more about the "land-and-expand" phenomenon helping these team collaboration apps gain footholds in the mainstream enterprise, and hear from a unified communications expert on the security risks of relying on open source collaboration software.

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