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waderoush writes: To corrupt the old Churchill quote, e-mail is the worst form of communications, except for all the others; it's one of the only pervasive, non-proprietary standards for communicating across organizational boundaries. But that doesn’t mean we’re stuck forever with our overloaded Gmail and Outlook inboxes. For the first time in a couple of decades, it’s possible to imagine workplaces where teams coordinate their work not primarily over e-mail, but instead using alternatives like task management systems (e.g., Asana), file sharing systems (Box), advanced calendar systems (Tempo), or Facebook-style social feeds (Yammer). A deep-dive article in Xconomy today looks at such attempts to redefine the atomic unit of work, and at startups like Handle that aim to make old-fashioned e-mail more productive and pleasurable. Big, successful companies like Facebook, Apple, and Google have stopped depending on e-mail alone to get things done, argues Dustin Moskovitz, the Facebook co-founder who now helps to lead Asana. ‘The secret sauce of why these organizations do so well and grow so quickly,’ he says, is that ‘they have figured out the way groups should organize.’
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