Mobilize your career with these apps
Summer is winding down, which means that your job will likely get busier in the coming months. Thankfully, there are mobile apps to keep you organized, to help you collaborate with others while on the go and even to identify new contacts at professional networking events.
These five apps all get the job done.
It's nearly impossible to be organized at work if the rest of your life is in disarray. If you need a little assistance in keeping your life in order, Any.DO promises to help. You can create an agenda, organize it by swiping your finger across the app and easily mark when items on your task list are complete. You can also share your to-do lists with friends in the hopes that they might help out with whatever you need to get done. The app also supports voice-dictation so you can simply tell it what tasks you have to accomplish instead of typing them out manually. Any.Do, which is financed in part by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, initially was available exclusively to Android owners. The app finally arrived on the iPhone earlier this summer. It was worth the wait!
GoToMeeting (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free with subscription)
It's easier than ever to participate in conference calls, shared PowerPoint presentations and virtual group meetings thanks to smartphone and tablet applications like GoToMeeting. Similar to the desktop-based service, GoToMeeting applications make it easy to communicate and collaborate with colleagues wherever an Internet connection is available. A great app for road warriors, GoToMeeting lets you dial into meetings with literally one tap of the screen. The new HDFaces feature makes it feel like you are literally in the same room with others attending the virtual meeting.
Google Drive (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free with subscription)
Mission-critical files, videos and images are increasingly stored in the "cloud" these days. Google Drive is the best and most economical cloud storage solution for businesses of all sizes. The mobile app, which works seamlessly across all iOS and Android devices, lets you share large files with co-workers without clogging up your email account. Everyone who is invited to a Google Drive account can then edit and modify files in real time. Google Drive is similar to services like Dropbox, although it's cheaper with 5 GB of free storage and 25 GB of storage at $2.50 per month. Google Drive is also an extension of Google Docs, so if your organization already uses that application, taking another Drive with Google is a no-brainer.
Yammer (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free)
Yammer fittingly bills itself as the "social network for your company." Acquired by Microsoft earlier this year, Yammer is an instant messaging service that allows you to share quick alerts and documents within a handpicked group in your organization. Once downloaded to a phone or tablet, leave the Yammer app running in the background to see and respond to new messages. Beyond increasing your productivity at work, Yammer can also be pretty addictive.
Meetup (iPhone, iPod Touch, Android Free)
For more than a decade, Meetup.com has introduced people to interesting events in their area. More recently, the service has become a great resource for professional networking and finding new business contacts. The Meetup app not only helps you locate interesting professional events near you, but it also details who else is registered for events you decide to attend.