Teamwork wins the game. That’s what all reasonable coaches teach their players, but this phrase can be used far beyond the court. With today’s technology, it has never been easier to work in a group than it is now, thanks to the internet.
Companies and businesses can function flawlessly, without employees being in the same room, or the same continent. There are numerous tools that allow people to work remotely, while keeping the communication and productivity on the maximum level.
But because our professional needs are different, it’s sometimes hard to choose the best, most effective software for remote collaboration. In that manner, we did some research, and created a list of the best software for collaboration compatible with Windows 10.
So, read our article, pick the best software for you, gather your team, and start getting the job done.
The best collaboration software for Windows
Wrike (Editor’s choice)
Wrike is a cloud-based project management tool, suitable for any team or organization. This software has all features required from a serious project management service.
Wrike allows you to create a project, and add various assignments to it. Assignments can be further assigned to team members. There are also some additional options, like the ability to set deadlines, write comments, manage tasks, and more. Integration with other services works great, so users can add various attachments.
Privacy in Wrike is highly valued, unlike in some other project management tools. You’ll have to invite people to join the project, even if they’re part of the team. If you’re not working on a project, you can create folders, where other types of files are put. Folders even allow you to sort projects, for better management.
Communication in Wrike is not on the highest level, because there’s no built-in chat app.
When it comes to pricing, Wrike does offer a free version, but, of course, with limitations. There are also Pro ($9.80 per user per month), Business ($24.80 per user per month), and Enterprise versions.
For more info about Wrike, visit its official website. You will also find there a free version to use for small projects.
Within a work environment, not all things need to be serious and boring. Bitrix24 is a software service that will revolutionize the way your team will manage projects and communicate with each other.
The service is available non-stop, and it brings all of the tools you may ever need in order to improve collaboration within the workspace.
Activity stream, group chat, calendars, workgroups, and other collaboration tools at your disposal, and up until a certain level of functionality, the program is also free as well.
However, if you want to take advantage of all of the features that this program has to offer, then you might as well subscribe to the premium version since the return-on-investment will come soon enough from the improved workflow.
More so, Bitrix is extremely customizable, as you can use the self-hosted version of Bitrix24 to run on your server. This will give you full control over data, source code access, and additional tools, such as helpdesk and e-learning, as well as integration and customization options.
Slack is one of the most popular collaboration software in the world, and definitely is among the most effective ones. This program offers so many options, that will allow you to organize the communication of the whole team, or organization.
At first look, Slack is just another messaging service, but it’s actually much more than that. You can create group chats, so-called “Channels”, to communicate with different people from your organization. Channels are public, so everyone can see what’s going on. Additionally, you can create private channels, where only people within that channel will have access.
Slack is also integrated with many services, like Google Drive, Dropbox, Twitter, and more. Sharing external files with channels is also easy, because it works on a simple drag and drop principle.
There are free (Lite), Standard, and Plus versions of Slack. Each version offers it a set of features according to the price. The Lite version supports the unlimited number of people, but there are some storage limitations. Also, group chats are not possible, and users can integrate Slack with only one service. The Standard version costs $8 per user per month provides 10GB of storage per user, and allows group chats. And the Plus version guarantees 20GB of storage per user, for $15.
InVision is a powerful tool aimed at designers and artists. Its main purpose is creating prototypes of your design, but you can also use it as an effective project management tool. If you’re working on an app design, for example, you can bring your ideas to life with Invision. And get useful feedback from your colleagues.
You can use designs from any program, like Photoshop, or Illustrator, and turn them into interactive prototypes. Everything works smoothly, and it will give you a clear idea of how your project will look like. Anyone from your team can jump in, and leave comments, for even better understanding.
InVision also allows you to start interactive design meetings. Here you can discuss with colleagues about the project, and easily share ideas. This web-based service is not a classical project management tool, but it surely provides great collaboration options.
InVision is available for free. However, the free version allows you only one project at the time.
Asana is different than other project management tools. It serves as some kind of an advanced to-do list, with lots of additional options. With Asana, you can set goals for your team, in form of list items. But these items are interactive, as team members can collaborate with each other through them.
This service is extremely flexible. When you create a ‘to-do’ list with Asana, you can assign it to a team member, set a due date, upload or link to associated documents, add tags, and more. You can even subscribe to the project, and receive notification about any change.
In terms of communication, there are definitely better options than Asana. However, you can combine Asana with Slack, and other popular tools. Additionally, there’s a general discussion board where team members can discuss the project.
Asana is generally available for free. The free version offers you all basic options, that are enough for smaller teams. You can set up a team of up to 15 people, create unlimited projects and tasks, but with limited Dashboards. The paid version of Asana costs $99.96 per person per year, and offers the unlimited number of team members, unlimited guests, support, and more.
Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in other collaboration tools, check out our wide collection of guides.