Business is now often conducted on tablets and smartphones, walk into any office or boardroom, and you are likely to find more tablets and smartphones being used than PCs. Which means you need some business-class apps.
These apps can help you manage all sorts of tasks, from team communication and note-taking to project management. All of these apps are cross-platform and have been tested in live business environments. Here’s our selection of five great apps for managing businesses on the go.
1) SLACK : (Messaging)
Platforms : ios/android/windows desktop.
Slack is a team collaboration app that turns email into a group effort, allowing users to create channels where discussions take place in a group so everyone can participate.
Slack is all about chat, and it does this with twitter-style feeds, numerous channel options for business and non-business related topics, private chat and notifications. With archives feature it offers a search function that digs deep. It is easy to use and navigate. Slack is also cross-platform so you can use it on your ios/android and windows desktop.
2) MICROSOFT OFFICE : (Document Editing)
Platforms : ios / android / windows.
Microsoft’s new office apps are the best tools for editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations on smartphones and tablets. The new mobile versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint are easy to use and feature packed. The layout of these apps are very similar to recent office desktop releases – office 2010 or office 2013.
The main document view looks clean and uncluttered. Excel is surprisingly robust. Word lets you tweak format of text and change paragraph styles right from the ribbon. Powerpoint is the simplest of the bunch, but packs a load of functionalities.
Microsoft office mobile app is best for making quick edits to existing documents.
3) EVERNOTE : (note-taking)
Platforms : ios /android /windows /blackberry.
Evernote is a fremium note-taking app that stores all your notes in the cloud making it accessible and editable from any platform.
Type notes, upload images and record voice memos. Metadata such as location and tags makes searching notes easier. Evernote integrates with dozens of other 3rd party tools and other useful apps. Plug-ins like Evernote web clipper helps you copy and paste anything. With cross-platform support Evernote is easily the best note-taking service you’ll find.
4) DROPBOX : (Cloud Storage)
Platforms : ios / android /windows /blackberry / kindle devices
Dropbox is one of the most frequently used file sharing platforms. It is among the best cloud backup services for facilitating long-term online data backup. The central dashboard is intuitive and easy to use. Features like incremental backup (only updates files that you’ve recently changed), continuous backup and deleted files recovery makes it a better choice.
Missing elements like no support for private encryption keys are ignorable. Offering 1 TB of online data backup, Dropbox Pro has the capacity to meet large digital storage needs as well.
5) MAILCHIMP : (email management)
Platforms : ios / android / Mac / windows / web based.
Mailchimp is an email marketing service provider. Mail Chimp is a complete email marketing solution that allows users complete transparency of campaigns, email tracking, view success and click-through rates, generate custom reports, manage subscribers and un-subscribers.
The Mail Chimp lets you create custom templates and at the same time choose from an array of premade designs and campaigns.
With just a few taps, you can manage your lists, add new subscribers, send campaigns and view your reports.
There are tons of apps out there for both the iPhone and Android that keep you organized.
But, there are a few apps that stand out. Do comment about your choice of apps.