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4 Technological Innovations We’re Thankful For

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As the days get shorter, the air starts to fill with the scents of fall: leaves, rain, pumpkin-spice everything. Naturally, we begin to take stock of the year that is almost over, and think about the things that we are thankful for. There are plenty of tech innovations that we’re thankful for, but these four are at the top of our list.

1) Mobile devices

Over a relatively short period of time, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have gone from high-tech luxuries to must-have necessities for getting work done. Most of us are rarely without our devices, and we consider them extensions of our hands and brains rather than just mobile telephones. We are thankful for our mobile devices, and how they allow us to stay connected no matter where we are.

We’re also thankful for how easy it is to connect mobile devices to our cloud business phone system. Employees want to work on their own devices, and thankfully cloud PBX systems are much better at adapting to our new mobile world than hardware PBX solutions.

2) SMS

There are lots of great reasons to use Business SMS. For one, it makes communicating with teams a snap, thanks to group messaging. We’re thankful for the ability to communicate with teams in a lightweight way that’s faster than email (and less likely to get lost in the shuffle).

Business SMS also allows us to present a professional image while maintaining our privacy. Using RingCentral’s Business SMS, we can send text messages from our business numbers. That used to mean we were stuck carrying around a second device just for business communication, which is cumbersome. With Business SMS, we can use a single device for both personal and business communications, while still having the ability to route work messages through business numbers. It’s the best of both worlds—being able to communicate easily, but also keeping business matters separate from personal messages.

3) Binary code

You may not be familiar with binary code, but you use it every day. In fact, you’re using it right now. Our modern binary number system was discovered in 1679 by Gottfried Leibniz, but it has roots in many cultures stretching back thousands of years. While the history of binary code is long, the (very) short version is that zeroes and ones are the foundation of all kinds of modern technology, from digital TVs to this very web page. The words you are reading right now are being stored in binary code on a server, and are transmitted across the internet before being reassembled into the letters and words you recognize.

Binary code isn’t just for words, however. It also enables voice data to be transmitted over the internet, which is the basis for cloud phone systems like RingCentral Office. Everything from hosted PBX to Business SMS relies on binary code. Without it, we’d still be wired to our desks, and the closest thing we’d have to mobile communication might be the carrier pigeon.

4) Wi-Fi

We’re always thankful for a strong Wi-Fi signal. For the modern worker, Wi-Fi is what makes work possible. Even when sitting at our desks, most of us wirelessly connect to networks rather than by plugging in network cables. Wi-Fi lets you work from anywhere, and with RingCentral’s mobile apps, you can take your entire communications system with you.

Thanks to the ubiquity of Wi-Fi in restaurants, cafes, on transit, and just about everywhere else, you can keep up with colleagues from anywhere using RingCentral Glip. Glip’s team collaboration simplifies getting work done, and with a lot less clutter than email. Real-time messaging, collaborative calendars, and integrated task management streamline communication for teams of all sizes. It’s fast, integrates with other online tools that you already use, and saves time that used to be spent sorting through messages and hunting for shared files.

Of course, we’re also thankful for plenty of non-technological things, too. Chief among them are our colleagues and customers that help make RingCentral so great. As the holiday season gets into full swing, we’re looking forward to continuing to help your business succeed. Thank you!

Originally published Nov 25, 2016, updated Aug 12, 2020

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