Maybe Yahoo doesn't want its people working from home, but plenty of other companies do. It saves employees commute time, keeps them out of ridiculously long meetings and allows them to focus on their work versus office politics.

Neil Shah of the Wall Street Journal says that it’s a win for companies as well. He thinks that it’s a trend that could lower companies' costs and boost productivity. In a recent article, he reported that 13.4 million people, or 9.4 percent of U.S. workers, worked from home at least one day per week in 2010, up from 9.2 million people, or 7 percent of U.S. workers in 1997.

His source for the figures? The U.S. Census Bureau.

Syncplicity Hears and Meets the Demand

This news comes as no surprise to Jeetu Patel, the General Manager of EMC’s Syncplicity business unit. Syncplicity is a cloud offering that allows users to sync, access, share and protect their files from anywhere, via (almost) any device without changing the way they work.

“We've seen a phenomenal level of demand from global enterprises worldwide,” says Patel.

And people aren't only working from home. Those who go into the office often work on the way into the office or on the way home from a mobile device (provided that they’re not driving, of course). And while that may seem like a drag, it sure beats staying late, coming in early or missing your kid’s first soccer game while you wait for someone to add their input into a document. Besides, everything looks friendlier on a tablet or smart phone that un-tethers you from your desk.

shutterstock_120127990.jpgAnd getting to connect via a device of your choice using Syncplicity is a big win too. Carrying around a company owned mobile device from which you can connect to the Enterprise in addition to your own personal phone is a drag. Especially when there’s a better option that’s equally as secure.

Now Supporting Windows 8

It’s with latter in mind that Patel and his team have made a commitment to offer Syncplicity on almost every major operating system and device: namely Windows, iOs, Android, Mac, PC, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

The support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8’s new UI running on Microsoft Surface and other Windows 8 devices has just been announced by Syncplicity. Patel says it’s a natural next-step in his company’s strategy.

“All major platforms are first class citizens here,” says Patel. That is assuming there’s customer demand.

“We want to be Switzerland when it comes to mobile devices,” he says.

And given that Microsoft has sold more than 60 million units of Windows 8 to date, supporting the platform is a no-brainer. Besides, companies who use both Microsoft and EMC products asked for it, says EMC. So Syncplicity did what it needed to do to delight them.

The addition of Window8 and Windows Phone 8 makes Syncplicity the only major player (startups not included) that supports Enterprise document Sync ‘n' Share effectively and at scale.

And while Syncplicity’s Public Relations lingo talks about this being yet another step toward EMC’s commitment in supporting the new user with the device of choice, Patel’s summary is a whole lot more fun.

“We want to give Enterprises solutions that users think are cool and that IT thinks are safe.”

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