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Tech Execs Question Yahoo's work-from-the-office Edict

February 27, 2013 | Telepresence Options

By Dylan Reynolds and Barry Neild, CNN

  • Exhibitors at annual Mobile World Congress say Yahoo's ban on remote working ignores need for balance
  • Greg Sullivan of Windows Phone says telecommuting improves home life and benefits environment
  • Cisco's Marc Musgrove says modern technology can now recreate face-to-face encounters

Barcelona, Spain (CNN) -- Yahoo's decision to curtail remote working among its employees has stirred dismay in the technology industry at a time when many companies are innovating new solutions to enable telecommuting.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, one of the planet's biggest showcases of new digital technology, numerous manufacturers are touting gadgets and software specifically aimed at keeping workers out of the office and either on the road or at home.

Yet among those exhibiting at the annual event, there was mixed reaction as some digital innovators aired reservations about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's latest attempt to revive the search engine's flagging fortunes while others backed a more balanced approach.

Mayer's strategy was revealed after a leaked memo set a June deadline for remote workers to either relocate within physical commuting reach of a Yahoo office or leave the company.

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