Business around the world is severely affected due to the spread of COVID-19. Some companies are taking a blunt hit whereas some, even in these times of peril are flourishing. Here’s a list of small developments in the technology domain which took place last week that may affect your business, in either a positive or negative way.
With Millions Opt For Work From Home, Microsoft Seems To Struggle
In the previous week, the team of Microsoft has witnessed a disruption in their platforms across Europe as millions have opted for work from home option to help slow the spread of the virus. The team witnessed several problems with messaging functions, screen-sharing, recording meetings, creating new teams, modifying members, to name a few. Initially, Microsoft claimed that the problem only persisted in the U.S and has been addressed, but as more people began working remotely, the problem returned to haunt the team of Microsoft.
This piece of news may be relatable to you or can affect your work as well since Microsoft is only the entity facing this problem. Millions of people working remotely have created enormous stress on broadband services and infrastructure.
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European Commission Calls Startups To Combat COVID-19
In the last week, the European Commission has called startups to come up with new technological solutions to combat COVID-19 by applying for fast-tracking funding from the EU. The focus is on providing grants to companies and businesses that are working on products which are likely to create a huge impact on diminishing the COVID-19.
If you are an entity with the idea that can effectively deal with COVID-19, this is the right opportunity in Europe.
Real Estate Providing Virtual Tours
As social distancing is one of the ways to stop the spread of the virus, virtual home tours are replacing traditional open houses that were once relied upon by buyers and sellers. Real estate agents are taking advantage of technological capabilities by offering virtual tours of houses to buyers which saves time as well as money for both the parties. Some estate agents are also offering 3-D tours of houses which are gaining attraction among buyers.
This approach is crucial for estate business owners since the pandemic is forcing everyone to remain inside. It is time for estates owners to rely more on mobile, cloud and virtual technologies for their work-from-home employees.
Real-Time Transcribing With Google Translate
Google has announced the launch of their new feature in the Translate app that will allow users to transcribe conversations in real-time, into various languages. The latest update is likely to support Thai, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi, German, French, and English and will be available in a few days.
Those working with overseas employees can get translation quickly with this feature unleashed by Google, and when so many employees are working from home at the moment, this is the perfect time to test the efficiency of the update.