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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday December 24 2014, @04:25AM   Printer-friendly
from the Televox dept.

Duane D. Stanford reports at Bloomberg that Coca-Cola's Atlanta Headquarters is the latest big campany to ditch its old-style voice mail, which requires users to push buttons to scroll through messages and listen to them one at a time. The change went into effect this month, and a standard outgoing message now throws up an electronic stiff arm, telling callers to try later or use “an alternative method” to contact the person. Techies have predicted the death of voice mail for years as smartphones co-opt much of the office work once performed by telephones and desktop computers. Younger employees who came of age texting while largely ignoring voice mail are bringing that habit into the workforce. “People north of 40 are schizophrenic about voice mail,” says Michael Schrage. “People under 35 scarcely ever use it.” Companies are increasingly combining telephone, e-mail, text and video systems into unified Internet-based systems that eliminate overlap. “Many people in many corporations simply don’t have the time or desire to spend 25 minutes plowing through a stack of 15 to 25 voice mails at the end or beginning of the day,” says Schrage, In 2012, Vonage reported its year-over-year voicemail volumes dropped 8%. More revealing, the number of people bothering to retrieve those messages plummeted 14%. More and more personal and corporate voicemail boxes now warn callers that their messages are rarely retrieved and that they’re better off sending emails or texts. "The truly productive have effectively abandoned voicemail, preferring to visually track who’s called them on their mobiles," concludes Schrage. "A communications medium that was once essential has become as clunky and irrelevant as Microsoft DOS and carbon paper."

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 24 2014, @08:20AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 24 2014, @08:20AM (#128871)

    as clunky and irrelevant as Microsoft DOS

    I see 1 extra word in that statement.
    I'm guessing there are folks who have tried that company's recent products who will spot it right away.

    -- gewg_

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 25 2014, @03:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 25 2014, @03:11AM (#129035)

    I hate to diss DOS.

    It is one of the few relics of the early computing era that I still use and trust.

    It ranks right up there in trustworthiness with an Arduino.

    I would trust a DOS based machine for critical operations. As I would an Arduino.

    I would be hard pressed to trust any modern machine that much. They may look pretty, but its like that highly paid man wearing the Armani suit and loves to shake hands... he's apt to steal from you. He doesn't do anything useful; rather he makes his living by looking good.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 25 2014, @04:10AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 25 2014, @04:10AM (#129039)

      Any device manufacturer who makes Windoze-only firmware updaters is thoroughly clueless.

      A Linux-based firmware updater isn't actually better.
      You absolutely DON'T need a MULTITASKING environment running at those times.
      That's just asking for trouble.
      N.B. This is one of the times that "brick" is the proper word.

      DOS is the ideal foundation for these functions:
      Load the OS, do the task, and GTFO.

      ...but with FreeDOS available gratis and libre, there's still no need to use (and, indeed, to pay a licensing fee for) one of Redmond's products.

      -- gewg_