Sococo is a virtual office space for distributed teams, teleworkers and road-warriors that uses real-world metaphors to make them feel like they’re in the office. Andy gets face-to-face with CEO Chris Wheeler at CES 2012 Showstoppers.
As you can see from the screenshot above, Sococo creates a virtual world that is analogous to a workplace, with conference rooms, team rooms, personal offices, cubicles – I imagine there’s even a water cooler. Small avatars then represent colleagues and their activities, so if some of them are having an (online) meeting, they’ll be located in a conference room. If someone doesn’t want to be disturbed, they can close their office door, complete with sound effect!
Sococo has other collaboration tools, such as screen sharing, but even the simple office space representation makes people feel much more included and part of a team.
Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net.
Support my CES 2020 Sponsor:
30% off on New GoDaddy Product & Services cjcgeek30
$4.99 for a New or Transferred .com cjcgeek99
$1.99 / mo Economy Hosting with a free domain. Promo Code: cjcgeek1h
$2.99 / mo Managed WordPress Hosting with free Domain. Promo Code: cjcgeek1w
Support the show by becoming a Geek News Central Insider
Last week Microsoft announced the upcoming Windows7 will have a Virtual XP option. You will then be able to use programs that do not work in the new OS. So why shouldn’t Ubuntu do the same?
QEMU is a Open Source Machine Emulator. It is set so you can install another OS on a virtual window in Ubuntu. You can put on another instance – maybe an earlier version of Ubuntu or any version of Microsoft software.
So instead of upgrading to Windows7, you can install the Linux based Operating System, then put on an instance of XP to run programs. It will then allow you to finally have both systems for the full experience.
Of course, if you do this, your XP copy should be a legal one. But if you were not moving your Office to Ubuntu because there were some programs that don’t work in that system, now you don’t have any excuse. Not all machines would get that virtual machine – only the ones that need XP functionality.
The best part is you get an OS, OpenOffice and a whole host of products to get business done.