Ideal Apps for 2013

With 2013 well and truly upon us, the saying ‘start as you mean to go on’ springs to mind. Many of us are planning how we want 2013 to pan out from a business perspective and changes/improvements we want to make to how we do business. That’s why we have put together this guide to some of the ideal productivity apps to make your working life that bit easier in 2013. 

Data Sharing: Dropbox for Teams, Apple/Android/Windows, price variable

Upgrading a standard Dropbox account to Dropbox for Teams is becoming ever more popular among businesses due to the superior sharing options and integrated file revision history which makes this a worthwhile choice for large teams working together on constantly updated documents. A free trial is available making this a must try for businesses in 2013.

Security: GadgetTrak, Android, Free

In a perfect world we would never lose our valuables or have them stolen, but unfortunately we do not live in such a world and the reality is things go missing everyday, smart phones and tablets especially. So having an app which allows you to locate your lost or stolen item, back up the contents and remotely wipe the device to keep all important and sensitive information safe gives some added piece of mind. And seeing as it is free, there is no reason not to get it!

Meeting Planning: Meeting Mapper, iPad, £4.99

This clever app is available on iPad (unfortunately no iPhone, Android or Windows version yet available) and if you look past what at first seems a hefty price tag for a meeting app you will soon see why it’s worth every penny and then some!

The Meeting Mapper is designed to help you have more successful meetings by helping you learn more about those who will be present at the future meeting. It tracks the role and opinions of each person making it easy for you to tailor your approach. It also allows you to make action items or next steps which can be scheduled in to be followed up.

Social Media Management: Hootsuite, Apple/Android/Windows, Free*

Hootsuite is one of the top social media management dashboards used by companies to handle all their social media channels in one place. And when away from the desktop you can use the Hootsuite mobile app to keep updated and continue scheduling posts on the go. *(The app is free but you may need to pay for a Hootsuite plan depending on your needs and usage.)

Email: K-9 Mail, Android, Free

Handling multiple email addresses on Android can a bit of a job, but we have found the best easy to use email client for keeping all your emails in one place. It can handle most IMAP, POP, WebDav and Exchange servers and gives you a more full featured alternative to Google’s own Android mail app. 

Know of an app not listed here that you find useful in business? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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