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The Best of Online collaboration tools.

It’s more than clear that years ahead will be a challenging year for a great many businesses, as global recession takes its troll. Most organizations these days are now actively engaged in activities that are taking a look at what they can do to make the best of the current economic situation. So organisazations needs to be more productive and efficient.

One good use of technology and internet is using online collaboration tools as these help increase productivity by streamlining scheduling of meetings & enabling employees to avoid conflicts. With more organization seeing "software-as-a-service" its essential to be aware of some good available tools. Here let me share some i found usefull.

Collaboration tools and online storage applications offer many possibilities: online collaborative editing, synchronizing across computers, sharing multiple files and discussion boards, and sharing windows and documents on the spot,

1. Central Desktop is a full work suite for project teams including spreadsheets, file sharing, calendar and more. It was created for business teams, not the IT department. That is why no technical knowledge or programming experience is required.

2. HyperOffice A pioneer in software-as-a-service since 1998, HyperOffice provides “out-of-the-box” online workspace solutions to growing businesses. Available under pay-as-you-go plans, HyperOffice includes all the tools teams need to be effective – business email, document management, calendars, task management, customer portals, mobility, online meetings, online databases.

3. Colligo software enables mobile teams equipped with wireless capable laptops to instantly and securely network together no matter where they are working - at the client site or on the road. Once connected, they can share files, share an Internet connection, share a printer, collaborate on a document, chat, compare calendars and much more.

4. CrossLoop is a free secure screen sharing utility designed for people of all technical skill levels. CrossLoop extends the boundaries of VNC’s traditional screen sharing by enabling non-technical users to get connected from anywhere on the Internet in seconds without changing any firewall or router settings. It only takes a few minutes to setup and no signup is required.

5. is web-hosted collaborative software to foster a more innovative culture. In addition to project collaboration, blogging, social networking, community building, and knowledge management, OpenTeams is an innovative initiative development solution where employees collaboratively seed and mature new ideas for additional revenue, productivity, and cost-savings.

6. ProjectSpaces is a simple, secure and powerful web-based workspace to help your project teams, workgroups, committees, partners, and others quickly and easily connect, share and collaborate. ProjectSpaces is easy to use and can be set up in just a few minutes. It was created for the average computer user - not techno geeks. You can share documents with project team members regardless of geographic constraints. At one glance, view and access your most recent tasks, announcements, events and discussions on your project homepage. Participants have the ability to directly update status of their tasks and other information.

7. Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group’s homework assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan. Google Docs & Spreadsheets allows you to import your existing documents and spreadsheets, or to create new ones from scratch. You can edit your documents from anywhere. Google Docs & Spreadsheets accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, etc. Besides, you can publish your documents and spreadsheets online with one click, as normal-looking web pages, without having to learn anything new.

8. Huddle is a network of secure online spaces that combine powerful document, project and team tools with the simplicity of social networking site. It is ideal for brands, advertising, marketing, PR, design, legal and accountancy companies as well as freelancers and consultants. Use huddle to manage multiple projects from one interface, securely share and approve documents, deliver superior client service and add value to your existing relationships.

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Arturas said…
A great list, it would be great if you could take a look at our tool and tell us what you think.
Priyanka D said…
DeskAway is a project management and collaboration tool for small and medium teams to manage, organize and track their work!

We have plans starting from free to $99/month.
Free plan never expires, all paid plan have unlimited users.
Alex said…
@Priyanka D - I liked DeskAway very much. It seems to have a nice interface with some good features.
Soumya said…
Check out sococo's teamspace at We offer 'always on', continuous, real time communication platform through our virtual spaces that truly mirrors the real world office collaboration experience. Let us know what you think!
Maria said…
Check out RHUB (
). It is an effective online collaboration tool that provides unattended remote support. Besides, it comes in the form of appliance that features on web conferencing as well.
Michael clark said…
Great list of tools. Additionally, on premise RHUB online collaboration appliances is another very good option in order to conduct webinars, web conferences, online meetings, online presentations etc.
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