5 must-have apps for remote workersapps

You may have a smartphone, but without any apps it’s not as smart as it could be. Your tablet and smartphone can be great tools to allow you to take your work with you anywhere and stay connected to the office, and the right apps can make it easier to collaborate with your colleagues wherever they are. Here are five apps for the remote worker that could make being a road warrior less of a battle.

 

SuperBeam

SuperBeam

For when you need to share a file quickly with a colleague and technology is getting in the way, SuperBeam is designed to give you options. It’s designed to facilitate high-speed file sharing between Android devices using WiFi direct. You can pair devices using QR codes or NFC or a manual sharing key (paid persion).

Price: Ad-supported version is free, Pro version for $1.99 adds more features

Platform: Android 2.3.3 or better

LastPass

LastPass

If you’ve resorted to profanity as you try again and again to remember which password you used for a particular account, LastPass aims to help you watch your language. LastPass prompts you to save your credentials when you visit new sites, and then you can use your LastPass login for everything. You can also store confidential information, backup sensitive documents and securely share files with colleagues.

Price: Basic version is free, Premium is $12/year

Platform: Windows Phone, iOS, Android and BlackBerry

TaskWorld

TaskWorld

A project management tool, TaskWorld lets managers track team performance and while assigning tasks and managing workload. It also includes a workspace for team members to share documents and offer feedback on ongoing projects. It can manage both projects and tasks within the project, and can also be accessed through a desktop browser.

Price: Basic version is free, Enterprise version is waitlisted

Platform: Android and iOS

GlassCubes

glasscubes

With the goal of giving users visibility outside their own cube, GlassCubes is a collaboration and project management tool that includes secure file sharing and storage with version control, communication and collaboration features, task assignment and management capabilities, conferencing calling and a secure environment to connect both inside and outside the organization.

Price: Team, Workgroup and Enterprise versions start at $5 per user, per month

Platform: Non-native mobile web app

 Join.me

join.me

Already a popular desktop application for sharing your screen with others in a meeting, connecting to audio and, with the Pro version, managing and recording a meeting, Join.me also has a native mobile app that lets you join a meeting from your smartphone and, if you’re on an iPad, start and run a meeting while you’re out and about.

Price: Basic version is free, Pro is $15 per user/month, Enterprise is $19 per user/month

Platform: Android & iOS


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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.