Email's slow death march

It's easy to condemn email as a productivity killer because we're using it for too many things. But before companies can ditch email completely, they'll need to match up the tasks managed by email with the raft of emerging alternatives.

Email has moved from being the internet’s first killer app to being a productivity killer. You can make news by claiming to hate it, ban it or kill it. But the problem with email is not the technology – we’re simply using it to do too many things.

Banning the inbox

French technology firm Atos recently announced an 18-month plan to ban email. CEO Thierry Breton claims only 10 per cent of daily emails are useful and 18 per cent are spam.


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