Top 15 Cloud Collaboration Apps
April 04, 2011 08:00 AM Judging by the investments that developers -- both well-established and start-ups -- are making in the collaboration market, software vendors are paying more than lip service to the adage that no man is an island. Certainly, businesses are investigating -- and investing in -- tools that help employees brainstorm, locate each other, schedule meetings, and communicate via social networks. Collaboration technology itself covers a broad spectrum of devices, from instant messaging and email, to cell phones and videoconferencing equipment. The cloud empowers individuals to use these tools practically anywhere, further boosting corporate productivity and spurring investment. Here's 15 of the leading cloud collaboration applications.
More than 400,000 people use Central Desktop's eponymous collaboration and project-management software to work on documents, share calendars and agendas, team-up on projects, and manage assignments. The software is available in three versions: Free or basic; workgroup (with free 30-day trial), and enterprise. Internet marketing agency BlueGlass, which began using Central Desktop to manage its 4 offices and 50 employees, chose this software over alternatives because of its lower price, power, and scalability, said chief technology officer Tony Wang, in a customer profile. "Central Desktop is an indispensable tool for connecting distributed teams," he said.