Article: Microsoft: This open-source technology points the way to the collaborative future of work

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Microsoft: This open-source technology points the way to the collaborative future of work

The future of hybrid work that Microsoft sees as people start to return to offices and workplaces — at least some of the time — still includes remote collaboration, some of it asynchronous and some of it real time.

“During the pandemic, what’s really come to the fore is team productivity: enabling a group of people to work together,” Microsoft executive vice president for experiences and devices Rhajesh Jha said at the recent Build conference. “We think this is the era of collaborative apps where collaboration is at this centre, whether it be synchronous in the context of a video meeting, whether it be asynchronous with documents and chat.” “Collaboration is going to have to be the core of new applications,” Jha added. The technology Microsoft is pinning its hopes on to deliver this new group productivity is open-source framework Fluid.

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Article: The brand new futuristic Saudi city—‘The Line’: An appraisal

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The brand new futuristic Saudi city—‘The Line’: An appraisal

In 2017, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, announced the launch of the nation’s futuristic and fully automated business zone, NEOM. This hi-tech business hub, to be located in the Tabuk province in the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia along the Red Sea coast, is to be established at a cost of US $500 billion (INR 37.5 lakh crore).

The region has been selected in view of its relatively mild climate. Most of Saudi Arabia has a desert climate with extremely oppressive day temperatures of above 45° Celsius. The project’s total area is slated to be 26,500 square kilometre and will link Jordan and Egypt via Saudi territory. The project is expected to generate 380,000 jobs and contribute US $48 billion (INR 36,000 crore) to the kingdom’s GDP by 2030.

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Article: Urban Company, partner create open-source ESOP framework for startups

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Urban Company, partner create open-source ESOP framework for startups

Urban Company, India and the UAE’s largest tech-enabled home services marketplace, has open-sourced a specially crafted ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) policy for startups in collaboration with MyStartupEquity, a platform of venture capital firm LetsVenture.

Urban Company, which is backed by Accel Partners, Ratan Tata, and Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, said the framework is available free. With ESOP implementation generally being a tedious process, the framework aims to guide startups and other on structuring terms and conditions.

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