This visual communications platform translates enterprise-wide digital signage culture to desktops and laptops. It pulls together collaboration tools, big data, and any-screen communication to allow employs to share information over media-rich channels that can be routed to different screens throughout an organization. Based on the X2O digital signage platform, Connected Desktop allows users to browse and view any channel on the X2O network from their regular desktop workstations or laptops. This enables a social, collaborative, realtime communication culture that is scaleable. A library of channels, widgets provides a quick start; from there data-driven graphics, video, social media content, etc. can be displayed and continuously updated featuring company news, business metrics, live town hall meetings, ops and sales reporting. Dashboards with key data can be developed, as well as targeted push notifications to alert individuals or subgroups when data is available or changes. Remote users can also be included in the network.