The trend is clear, more and more companies are embracing teamwork among remote
colleagues. Firstly, the potential tools have to be embraced by the entire team and be
interoperable across devices and platforms. Collaborative tools can't be used by just a few
people some of the time, otherwise people will revert to email because it's the good old
standby they know people will use. There is a good number of these tools, and after a
couple of meetings, these are our 5 picks: : Trello is a free collaborative task and project
manager; Obayoo combines micro blogging and file sharing into one quick, easy-to-use
enterprise collaboration tool ; Cyn.in includes all the bells and whistles such as file sharing,
calendars, wikis, and micro blogging, but it is also open-source.
that means you get the source code and can develop your own add-ons; Microsoft SkyDrive
is an online backup and data storage software that backs up all your important files to the
cloud; and Google Docs is a free Web-based application in which documents and
spreadsheet s can be created, edited and stored online.
…if you are interested in knowing how collaboration tools can improve knowledge work just
take a look of this insightful article from Harvard Business Review blog.
Ability to assign tasks
No member limit
Cannot write documents
BusinessClass 200$ / yr.
Only simple direction
Users can take their documents offline with them and have them synchronize when they are online
again. Users can work from many locations, either online or offline, and work from many devices
Multiple users (online or offline) can work on documents at the same time, and the SkyDrive Pro
Windows Sync client will synchronize the changes between the users.
Users can share and collaborate on documents
Users are encouraged to invest in the full suite of Microsoft server products to get the most out of the
SkyDrive also lacks in sophisticated admin tools.
Basic features such as document permissions and password-protected files are not present in SkyDrive.
Since multiple users can work at the same time, there are conflicts
Easy to Learn
Requires Internet Access
Need Google Account
Brainstorm with your colleagues about key project decisions
Activity streams keep employees up to date
Creates unlimited groups
Guaranteed SSL protection.
No mobile app
The interface design and layout is unoriginal
Multi Faceted Filtering
Technology Platform Features - Unified Software Appliance, Integrated SuperTunedOS, Integrated
Crowd Rating andVoting
Special features like mathematical notations, instant messaging (preferably call it LiveChat) are missing
Only slash tags are there. Real tags is in wish list
No auto save option