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With new tech collaboration tools popping up and left and right, choosing the right one can be difficult. Here are 10 solid options.
Probably the most well-known option on the list, Slack is one of the smartest collaboration tools on the market. Available for both desktop and mobile, Slack lets you send direct messages to individuals and groups, as well as organize conversations into separate channels for specific projects or initiatives. Slack comes in both paid and free versions, and features integrations with Dropbox, Google Docs, and Box.
Sign up for Slack here.
Trello is a project management software perfect for those who like to stay organized. Users can create boards or lists that can be assigned to and shared with other teams. The software features deadline reminders, email notifications and has Evernote, GitHub, Google Drive, and Slack integrations.
3. Microsoft Teams
This app merges chat with meeting notes and attachments, all while integrating with Microsoft Office 365 and Skype. The product can host audio, video, and web conferences, and allows users to chat with people both inside and outside the organization.
Learn more about it here.
Jira is an older collaboration tool that focuses on bug tracking. However, the app also has custom filters with Jira Query Language, developer tool integrations, customizable workflows, agile APIs, and more.
Get started with Jira here.
5. Facebook Workplace
The appeal of Facebook Workplace is its ability to act as a corporate intranet portal, but with a very user-friendly interface. Groups and teams can collaborate through their own portals, as well as through Facebook’s own Pages, Docs, and Notes. Work Chat allows for easy communication via messaging and voice/video call, and built-in machine learning bots automate certain tasks.
Get started here.
Asana is ideal for tracking your team and employees’ progression on projects. With to-do lists for ongoing projects, reminders for upcoming deadlines, and more, Asana makes it easy to check on how your coworkers are doing. You can organize projects in a board or list format, as well as quickly search through past work.
Sign up for Asana here.
Flock is a productivity tool very similar to Slack, but with some more comprehensive communication features. Similar to Slack, Flock allows teams to have different channels, as well as individual and group conversations. Users are able to easily search through all messages, files, and URL and Flock will find the search query, no matter who sent it. Flock also supports audio/video calls, screen sharing, and lets users conduct polls, share notes, set reminders, and assign tasks.
Check out the app here.
WebEx is a go-to collaboration tool for companies that communicate primarily through video, so it could prove itself very useful for businesses that have a lot of remote workers. The platform provides personalized video meeting rooms for team collaboration, training, webinars, customer support, and more.
Take a look at all the features here.
Flowdock’s main purpose is company or team-wide instant messaging. When someone starts a “Flow,” they create an open space for teams to talk and collaborate. The conversations are color coded and organized like a thread, making it easy to visually follow. The app provides the opportunity to work with over 50 other third-party tools and services as well.
Learn more here.
tGoToMeeting is a simple, straightforward video conferencing application. It features a one-click meeting feature that quickly schedules meetings in Google Calendar or Outlook. The HD video conferencing attracts a lot of users, and it lets users screen share, use drawing tools, and record meetings.
tSign up here.
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