Working from home due to the lockdown or experimenting with remote working? These apps will make your life easier!
TOP 1 ZOOM
With its full suite of video conferencing and communication tools, Zoom is the choice app for companies where employees have to work remotely. The key features include video meetings, voice calls, messaging and file sharing. You can even host webinars. For the free version, meetings can only go as long as 40 minutes. It is recommended to get the paid version as only the host of the meeting needs to have the paid version for the rest to join the meeting, making it a very affordable option. There are also functions to mute or unmute the guests so you have more control over the meeting.
TOP 2 Slack
Slack is a wildly popular team messaging app that has been widely adopted by businesses since its launch. The platform allows you to pin important messages and files so that they don’t fade into oblivion, manage your files by syncing with other apps such as Google Drive and Dropbox, organize your side bar to prioritize the channels, set reminders and subscribe to RSS feeds. You can also use Slack to collaborate with another company that uses Slack to make the processes much smoother. To top it all off, you can integrate a lot of useful apps with Slack, such as Trello, Asana, Google Calendar, Giphy and many more.
TOP 3 Workplace
Workplace is operated by Facebook and the interface is just like Facebook, except that it is for work instead of socializing. Create groups to share project updates and files, start a poll to vote on issues, send out reminders, start a live video where participants can respond and give their comments in real time, broadcast announcements and training sessions to everyone in the organization, chat anyone up about any issues, and even use the instant translate function if you need to translate messages. What’s more, you can connect with over 50 popular enterprise tools, including G Suite, Office 365, Dropbox, Survey Monkey, Jira, Trello and many more. To top it all off, it is an interface that most users are likely to be familiar with since it is the same as Facebook.
TOP 4 Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop gives you remote access to another desktop or device by allowing you to sign in to that desktop through your device. You can then access the files and mailbox in that device and do anything you wish to do on that device remotely. Just download the Chrome Remote Desktop Web App and Chrome Remote Desktop Extension, and you’ll be on your way to using the other device as though you are sitting right in front of it. This is a life saver if you’ve forgotten to back up your files in your office desktop to the cloud and you’re in urgent need of them at home.
TOP 5 Skype
Skype is more famous as a video calling tool, but it is also rather impressive as an office communication tool. You can easily create group chats by adding your contacts into groups, send files up to 300MB in the group chat (forgot about emailing), have a video conference call and share screens. The cherry on the cake is the wide range of cute emoticons that move and the ability to respond to a message with an emoticon, which definitely spruce up the atmosphere and brings the conversation to life.
TOP 6 Asana
Asana is a mobile and desktop app designed for remote working and helping teams stay focused on their project goals no matter where they work. With Asana, you can get organized by setting priorities and deadlines, share details, assign tasks, and track the progress by creating visual project plans. You can also work backwards by setting goals before putting them into workable plans. It’ll be easier than ever to stay on track and stay focused on your goals.
TOP 7 Sharepoint
Sharepoint is especially useful for collaborations that involve many documents, such as a publishing project. Developed by Microsoft, it boasts of seamless integration with Microsoft 365, including Outlook, Office, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Stream, Yammer, PowerApps and more. It works somewhat like Google Drive where you can keep documents organized and up-to-date and categorize them in different folders. To make it more user-friendly and cater to the needs of business teams, there’s a search bar for when you need to look among the sea of files, and workflows to chart the plan and progress.
TOP 8 Toggl
Toggl is an especially useful app for tracking time and cost, and can be considered the best tool for freelancers who work from home and needed to log the amount of time they spent on the different projects. Companies can also use Toggl to find out the time spent and the progress of different projects, thus allowing them to calculate and compare the cost effectiveness of projects, and ultimately come up with measures to boost profits. The data can be presented in charts for easy visualization. Toggl can also be integrated with various platforms to boost their functions.
TOP 9 Google Drive
Google Drive is perhaps the most widely-used file storage and sharing platform. Keep all your files in one place, and create folders where you can share files with your colleagues. Recent files appear on top of the page so that it is easy to find them. Another useful feature is the real-time collaboration on a Google document so that multiple people can work on a document at the same time. You can also have a discussion as you do so, with the chat function available at the side bar.
TOP 10 Todoist
Todoist is a tool that helps with organization and planning to improve efficiency and productivity. Free up your mind and list all of the to-dos down for each project so that nothing is left out. Assign the level of priority for each task. Add your team members so that everyone is on the same page and work towards the same goal. This is a great boost to keep everyone on track which is especially important when working from home.
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