5 team communication tools to enable remote teams amid COVID-19

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Your company is probably scrambling to keep your teams productive during this #suddenlyremote episode. Here are some tools that can help your teams be fully communicative and productive while working from home:

1. uShare.to

uShare.to is a group chat, audio/video meeting and collaboration solution.

Pros

  • Persistent workspaces
  • Includes video/audio meetings, screen sharing and group chat
  • Instant external conferencing link
  • Includes collaboration and sharing modules – file sharing, task management, group calendars, shared notes etc.
  • Very easy to pull together people within and outside the company

Cons

  • Not ideal for conferences between groups greater than 15

2. Slack

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Slack is a video conferencing and group chat solution.

Pros

  • Persistent workspaces
  • Includes audio/video meetings and group chat
  • Extensive library of integrations
  • Very user friendly

Cons

  • Only paid plans include audio/video meetings
  • Only allows file and note sharing. No task management, calendars, or contact management

3. Microsoft Teams

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Pros

  • Persistent workspaces
  • Includes audio/video meetings and group chat
  • Works really well with Microsoft Office 365
  • Includes file sharing, wikis, planner and other collaboration modules

Cons

  • A cluttered user experience
  • Very hard to include outside stakeholders

4. Zoom

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Pros

  • Great for ad-hoc audio/video meetings between internal and external stakeholders
  • Includes meeting recording
  • Great for broadcasting to large groups

Cons

  • Not persistent. Can not preserve and pick up a conversation.
  • Does not have robust chat capabilities
  • Not ideal for information sharing

5. Skype

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Skype is Microsoft’s widely used video conferencing and chat software

Pros

  • Many people already use Skype
  • Audio/video conferencing and chat
  • Desktop, mobile or web
  • Call phone numbers

Cons

  • Not ideally structured for persistent chat amongst groups of people
  • Only has file sharing

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