What are the best online collaboration tools?

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    #1Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Bryan Ellis
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "I've used Dropbox for many years. It started as a simple cloud storage service and has evolved into a robust collaboration platform that can support a wide range of complex document applications, editing and sharing requirements for all levels of users. Great service. "
  2. 31

    #2iCloud

    iCloud
    iCloud makes sure you always have the latest versions of your most important things on all your devices.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Miguel Rosales
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "iCloud is and has been one of the best online collaboration tools out there. I have never had anything go wrong while I was using iCloud and I would recommend it to anyone. I think iCloud was well worth the time spent learning about what it can do."
  3. 30

    #3Slack

    Slack

    Slack organizes team conversations in open channels. It allows users to create a channel for a project, a topic, a team, or anything in between. It also gives everyone a transparent view of all that's going on.

    Apps

    Web, Windows, Android, iOS, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Roger Jordan
    Written on March 5, 2017
    "Looks promising! Obviously, it is NOT free, as there is a link for pricing. There is definitely a need for synchronization while working online and this could be helpful, if it is not cost prohibitive."
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    #4Trello

    Trello

    Trello is an effective task management system that lets you customize your list of items, so it's easier to drag, drop, modify or assign tasks. This is ideal if you are involved in projects with other people.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Tom Jia
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "Trello is the perfect solution for needing a platform for online collaboration tools. Trello suits all our needs to properly get together with others on problems we may have on our projects and also collaborate all of our ideas on one platform. "
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    #5Asana

    Asana

    Asana helps teams keep track of their work by organizing projects with different workflows and solutions. It's a collaboration tool available as a web and mobile app.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Edward Brown
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "What a relief Asana has been!! I was trying to monitor everyone's participation to our large project but was having a hard time getting people to respond to my phone calls, emails and texts. Setting up an account with Asana has made it so much easier to keep an eye on every one! Everyone knows how important this project is to me so I want to be sure that was have everything done at the right time and done perfectly well - Asana is letting me do that now! My co-workers didn't seem too excited about the website (I can't figure out why!) but once I told them all it was mandatory to use it, they stopped complaining and just did it. A huge thanks to Asana for helping me keep tabs on all my co-workers!!"
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    #6Basecamp

    Basecamp

    Basecamp is a project management tool ideal for those needing their team's work to be organized and centralized in one place.  It features message boards, to-do list, and schedules. 

    Websites

    $99- Varies by plan

    Harini Chattopadhyay
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "A few years ago, in an effort to improve collaboration between the various members of my team, some of whom work remotely, I turned to Basecamp, as it had been highly recommended by some colleagues. The pricing was very reasonable, the software was intuitive and easy to learn, and offered an ample amount of tools to provide my team and myself with some flexibility. This was the first collaborative tool we had tried, and we all found it to be a good enough solution, that we never bothered trying another and we continue to use it."
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    #7Podio

    Podio
    Podio is an extremely flexible and highly customizable online hub for work and communication.
    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Lawrence Bates
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "Podio is your go to for all things to organize and help with your workplace. it helps to close a lead, makes collaboration easy, helps attach files to much much more. Help make your workplace organization easier. Check out Podio. I can't tell you how much it has helped me. Whether you're completing a design project, or closing a sales lead - getting everything related to the job on one page, instantly makes collaboration easier. Attach files, view the status and add comments - everything's updated in real time."
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    #8Appear.in

    Appear.in
    This video conversation app allows up to eight people to converse in a chat room, with no login or downloads required. It's totally free to use.
    Websites

    Free

    Christine Price
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "This app is nothing special. What year is it, 2000? Who uses chat rooms anymore? It also doesn't provide just text chat or just voice; you must use video. It doesn't provide much other tools for collaborating. I'd rather use some other platform."
  6. 15

    #9HipChat

    HipChat
    Group chat, video chat, and screen sharing for work teams. This online service has also available apps on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- basic plan

    Shirley Cook
    Written on March 24, 2017
    "We've been using HipChat while trying to bootstrap our startup from five different locations spread across North America. It has been invaluable to our collaborative process. We especially appreciate the cross-platform compatibility."
  7. 8

    #10Leankit

    Leankit
    LeanKit is a visual project delivery tool that enables teams of all types and across all levels of the organization to apply Lean management principles to their work.
    Websites

    varies by plan

    George Peterson
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "Leankit is very helpful in terms of management. I have been using it to help me with management because it provides a very easy and simple platform to use. I knew Leankit was very useful when I found out that companies like Verizon and Paypal use it."
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    #11GoVisually

    GoVisually
    GoVisually allows you to mark annotations and place comments on any part of your project. With it, designers and clients can collaborate to revise projects online.
    Websites

    varies by plan

    Amit Mittal
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "This is great for anyone or company that deals with visual projects. IT speeds up turn around time. I wish there was something like this for projects that are not in the visual areas. It would be even better if you could take this same type platform and expand it into other areas. "
  9. 6

    #12Google Keep

    Google Keep

    Google Keep is a note-taking app for iOS, Android, and Android Wear watches that enables users to take notes, create checklists, record voices, attach photos. All of which can be synced to the cloud and be accessed across devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Alejandro Delgado
    Written on September 21, 2017
    "I work from home and with other people online. I am always looking for the best online collaboration tools. Last week I tried out Google Keep for the first time and what will likely also be my last. While it has potential. It doesn't quite have everything that I am looking for in an online collaboration tool. I was mainly put off by the highly unintuitive interface and clunky overall design. "
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    #13Zendesk Chat

    Zendesk Chat
    Zendesk Chat (formerly Zopim) is an online live chat software loved and trusted by enterprises and small business worldwide.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Kenneth Lopez
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "Sometimes I want to communicate with my colleagues and team members on a project at work, but it's difficult when we are in different departments or one person isn't at work that day. Zendesk has made it extremely easy to communicate with my team members and relay information reliably and accurately."
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    #14Zoho Projects

    Zoho Projects
    Zoho is a productivity tool facilitating collaboration and task management among people.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Jordan Cooper
    Written on March 27, 2017
    "As someone who is self-employed, and hires people to help with my work, I was looking for something that would help me keep track of the multiple projects I have on the go. Zoho lets me see how everyone is getting along on the project, and if there is a problem, someone can just comment and let everyone know what's up. The interface is easy to use and, whilst it can take a while to get to grips with, there's a lot of different useful functions that you can utilise to make sure everyone is up-to-date on everything."
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    #15Cardboard

    Cardboard

    Cardboard will help you visualize your customer's story so that you can build products & applications they will love. It can be used for story maps, customer journeys & basically anything you can imagine using sticky notes on a grid. A free trial is available if users wish to try it first.

    Online Tools

    Free- $8-$12

    Adam Scroggin
    Written on October 1, 2018
    "A great way to build user story maps with your team."
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    #16Invision

    Invision
    Invision is a prototyping, collaboration, and workflow platform for designers, powering the future of digital product design through a deep understanding of the dynamics of collaboration. 
    Software

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free- /month. Free trial available.

    Gerald Knight
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Their home website alone should sell you or not, as they use the very website design they offer with Invision. There is some debate out there over what to use to design your site, but in the end it depends on what you want your site to look like. Take a look at their examples and see if it's right for you, but I enjoy the dynamic videos, curved corners, and sliding pop-up aesthetics! It's definitely a few leaps forward from WordPress, which is what I used to build my first site. "

Summary

Best What are the best online collaboration tools
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DropboxApps 40 Free
2iCloudSoftware 31 Free
3SlackApps 30 Free
4TrelloApps 28 Free
5AsanaWebsites 23 Free
6BasecampWebsites 21 Paid
7PodioWebsites 16 Paid
8Appear.inWebsites 15 Free
9HipChatSoftware 15 Free
10LeankitWebsites 8 Paid
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