The best mobile apps are not just for iPhone and iPad anymore. These collaboration-minded apps help turn your Android smartphone or tablet into an essential business tool.
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Any organization with its own Web domain can set up a free, private social network with Chatter from Salesforce.com. Think of it as an internal Facebook for your company. The native Android app--also free--extends desktop social collaboration to Android phones, enabling mobile access and collaboration across distributed teams. There's no Honeycomb version yet, but iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry smartphone apps deliver solid device interoperability. Chatter boasts around 80,000 businesses already using the platform. It's definitely an internal tool--users must have an email address on the same, single domain to be invited to connect. That limits sharing outside the company's virtual walls, but protects sensitive information far more than public social sites; none of the content is available to anyone beyond the domain, making collaboration confidential and secure. A few examples among the myriad potential uses: Knowledge and work sharing, project management, team building, corporate news and communications, and idea generation and capture.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.