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Open Thread: What Collaboration Tools Do You Use?

The collaboration market has grown rapidly over the past few years, with many companies trying to grab a slice of an ever-expanding pie. The result of this healthy competition is that there’s now more choice than ever before: from hosted enterprise systems like Microsoft Sharepoint and Cisco Quad; to full-featured collaboration web apps like Socialtext and PBworks; to tools that concentrate on specific aspects of group work, such as Redliner and doingText, which help teams to collaborate on documents. There are apps for nearly any type of collaborative task you can imagine with solutions to suit every budget.

As WebWorkerDaily readers tend to be on the cutting edge when it comes to collaboration tools and technologies, I’m curious to know what software you’re using today. So, please share your favorite apps in the comments, and explain why it is that you’ve chosen them.

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20 Responses to “Open Thread: What Collaboration Tools Do You Use?”

  1. Ondrej

    We use Skype for all company voice communication, including the Skype-in and Skype-out features for calling normal phones.

    Then Google Apps and Docs, because for instance Maps are not part of the Apps yet.

    And finally we use complete with their new (on request so far) sync feature as a virtual file server in the cloud.

    That, and Lotus Notes ;-) But I’m not sure if I can say that here ;-)

  2. Tabitha Elwes

    We are using web crm I love the ability to set permissions as to who sees what in the documents I share. I can also attach documents to active projects, or store against sales leads –that way my team can immediately see the documents relevant to specific clients and it is easier for anyone in the team to work as back-up for absent co-worker. Creating documents inside Worketc is also possible, and I enjoy co-writing our wikis.

  3. I use zoho for all my collaboration purposes. Their docs, integrated with pretty decent mail client is a wonderful tool to share and even get reviews or comments all in one place. Worth trying once

  4. We rely on two principal applications for collaboration inside our firm and with clients:

    Central Desktop for collaborative document development and sharing, shared calendar, meeting agendas and minutes, and private on-line workbook for workshop attendees.

    Skype for quick questions from clients and in parallel with teleconferences for contemporaneous note taking that get boiled into a wiki page on CD.

  5. GoToMeeting…

    Used for:
    – Team status meetings
    – Demos
    – Debugging with other developers
    – Even pair programming

    It’s Simple to use, quick to get in session and VoIP integrated.

  6. At the recently-launched social discovery engine for TV, Tunerfish, we are big fans of HipChat. We’re a small, agile team, and we really on HipChat for keeping everyone on the same page. Easy, reliable, and affordable.

    • markjen

      +1 for HipChat. We’ve got about 50 people on it here at Tagged and it works well (better than AIM and running our own xmpp (openfire))

  7. basecamp for project work
    skype w/ vuroom plugin for client & team ‘meetings’ for team water-cooler conversations
    google docs for domains for doc and calendar sharing

      • Rachel

        It is. I had a little trouble getting started with it since it uses the same port as postgres, but custom support was great and they released a patch for me within a few days. Overall I feel like it needs some more ux tweaks but its currently the best small team video conferencing solution I’ve found.

  8. We first built what is now to help run our own software business. We typically deal with companies, contacts, documents, images, tasks and comments – shared between multiple people (colleagues, clients and suppliers) in multiple locations (nationally and internationally). Using makes it really easy to always know what is going on and what one needs to do.

    We also using Skype (for voice and screen sharing) and powwownow for conference calls – all together this set of tools covers almost all bases.