Email to be banned in the workplace

The head of a large IT firm has decided to phase out emails from his company, the Wall Street Journal reported this weekend.


The CEO of Atos, Thierry Breton, stated his clear dislike for the 40 year old messaging system. The Telegraph quote him:

"It is not normal that some of our fellow employees spend hours in the evening dealing with their emails...
The email is no longer the appropriate (communication) tool."

However, Breton is not a technophobe. As well as giving old fashioned face-to-face meetings and telephone calls a boost he is going to replace email with instant messaging and a 'Facebook style' interface. He states that just 10% of emails received by his employees are useful, thus a huge majority of emails are wasting time. 

Perhaps somebody needs to show him Priority Inbox in Gmail?