What is the role of email in the modern world?

I hate email. Many people hate email, and for different reasons. But is our hatred misplaced? Is it the fault of the technology? Or is it legitimate?

Some people hate email because they get too much of it. I hate email because of how people use it as a conversational medium, and still send attachments between each other.

So are we hating for the right reason? And is hatred really the right emotion to feel? Or is it more annoyance, frustration, or even indifference?

In this new world of modern messaging we are surrounded by different ways to communicate in our work and personal lives.

People who have known me long enough have seen me repeatedly tout newer forms of communication and tools within the Microsoft Office 365 suite such as Skype for Business, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, and recently Microsoft Kaizala. Anything but email, please!

The reality is that email isn’t going anywhere. So you can scream “death to email” as much as you want but it’s just not going to happen.

In my latest whitepaper I examine the challenges to email, its place in the modern world and why it isn’t going anywhere. This whitepaper was sponsored by Exclaimer and is available for download from their website: https://www.exclaimer.com.au/pages/partners/importance-emails

Cleaning up the clutter in Office 365

Various tech vendors and research companies have been telling us one thing consistently over the years: demand for storage is increasing.

While a lot of this is because of new ways to create content such as video, as well as the numerous places that content can exist; a lot of it is digital wastage.

Now we could talk about how social networks in general create a lot of digital waste, but that’s a conversation for another time. 🙂

Instead let’s have a look at how much digital wastage exists in our daily lives using tools like Office 365. This exists in a number of different forms:

  • emails
  • files in OneDrive
  • files in multiple SharePoint sites / Office 365 Groups
  • Sways
  • Forms
  • Power BI
  • Teams chats
  • and so on

In my latest blog for AvePoint, I list out 4 tips for managing your clutter in Office 365 covering just some of these areas.