Remote-working programs benefits, according to a survey of workers at a variety of companies, commissioned by Microsoft. “60% of respondents to Microsoft Telework survey — conducted among 3,600 employees in 36 cities nationwide — say they’re actually more productive and efficient when working remotely. With less time spent commuting and fewer cubicle “drive bys” causing distractions, respondents say, more time can be spent on the task in front of them.” “Only 41% of those surveyed work for companies with established remote-working policies, and just 15% believe their company supports flexible work arrangements,” says Microsoft. Study also ranked the top 10 cities in the country for telecommuting, with Boston coming in No. 1, followed by Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Atlanta at Nos. 2 and 3. Seattle, for the record, didn't make the list. Cloud computing and Microsoft Online Services can provide a secure remote-working technology infrastructure. Unified Communications technologies build on Microsoft Exchange with IM, voice over Internet protocol, voice, telepresence, videoconferencing and message delivery to a broad range of devices. And soon, the recently announced Windows Phone 7 Series will enable people to work with Microsoft Office documents from anywhere.