How many times have you heard the phrase “There’s an app for that.”? The truth is that there is an app for almost everything and in one way or another; these apps are making our everyday lives easier.
In the near future, apps are expected to become a regular and essential component of any type of business. According to Statista, more than 32 percent of the global population used a smartphone in 2017. Customers constantly want things to be easy, and this is making mobile apps more important than ever in the business environment. For all types of businesses, apps are a great way to get and retain customers by offering them convenient access to information.
Among countless existing apps, general productivity apps, project management apps, and team communication apps are very important and are presented below.
1. GENERAL PRODUCTIVITY APPS
Wunderlist. Wunderlist is a very effective to-do list. It allows creating several task lists, setting deadlines, getting reminders and also sharing the lists and work with whomever you want. Basic Wunderlist is free, whereas Wunderlist for Business is $4.99 per user per month. It is available for free on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire and the Web.
Pocket. Living in a very dynamic world, sometimes people do not have time to view something they find interesting at that very moment. Pocket allows users to save videos, articles, and whatever else they find online and enables them to view them later. The advantage of Pocket is that accessing the saved content does not require an Internet connection and it can be used for free.
It is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kobo and the Web.
2. PROJECT MANAGEMENT APPS
Basecamp. Basecamp allows its users to easily create checklists, invite collaborators, chat within projects, attach files, track the progress and also create workflow calendars. Basecamp charges per project instead of per-user because users are unlimited. Plans start at $24 per month for 15 projects, and go up to $150 a month for unlimited projects.
Basecamp is available on the web, iOS, Android, Mac, and PC.
Asana. This app allows teams to track their work and has dashboard charts to monitor their progress visually. It also has the option to chat with team members involved in those tasks, assign due dates, attach documents or other files, and choose what kind of notifications to receive. The app can also be integrated with multiple services, including Evernote, Google Drive, Box, Slack, MailChimp, WordPress, and ZenDesk.
Asana basic version is free for up to 15 users, however, the premium version starts at $9.99 per month.
It is available on App Store and Google Play.
3. TEAM COMMUNICATION APPS
Skype for Business. Skype for Business is a powerful collaboration platform, built to make meetings more productive and engaging. It can provide support to meetings with up to 250 people, including meeting recording, integration with Microsoft Office (Office 365 Business), chat, file transfer, and more.
If paid for one year, the price for Office 365 Business is $8.25 per user per month or $10 per user per month if paid on a monthly basis.
Slack. Slack is a platform that connects teams with the apps, services, and resources required to finalize their daily working tasks. It allows creating specific channels for particular projects or clients, and easily customizing notifications selected to be received.
The basic version of Slack is free for an unlimited number of users. However, for more advanced features, such as unlimited searches and app integration, the price starts at $6.67 per user, if paid annually, or $8 per user, if paid monthly.