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Desktop vs. Online collaboration tools  

Desktop vs. Online collaboration tools


Collaboration is a working practice when a group of individuals work together to achieve common goals and derive business benefits. It is an essential and integral part of management. When you need to organize a group of people into a productive team to manage common projects, collaboration will help. To establish and support user cooperation, you will need to apply special teamwork software which can be divided into two types: desktop and tool. Let’s review each of the types in detail.

Desktop collaboration tools
Any office today uses personal computers and desktop software to organize work. They offer technologies that enable employees to effectively collaborate internally or externally in real time. Usually such tools establish user teamwork through Local Area Network (LAN), but Internet connection is also supported. Those solutions allow sharing information between employees and managing to-do lists, schedules, documents and files. Usually these tools are used by small- and mid-size teams.

Main features of desktop collaboration tools are:

  • Managing tasks, schedules and projects
  • Support of both LAN and Internet connection
  • Storing files, documents and other information in local/remote databases
  • Password-protected access to local/remote databases

Main benefits from using desktop collaboration tools are:

  • No regular fees and necessary payments
  • No need to use Internet browsers and online resources
  • Possibility to collaborate securely within an office
  • Organizing real time chats and discussions and getting immediate feedback from users

There are both commercial and free programs. Commercial editions are more popular as they give users secure, reliable and featured functionality, regular updates, and sufficient tech support services. Free programs often include less featured functionality and built-in advertising modules, have no regular updates, and sometimes even contain spyware.

Online collaboration tools
When you need to coordinate online meetings, participate in video conferences, and plan webinars, online tools will help. These tools offer web-based services to allow users collaborating and communicating with each other, organizing teamwork, managing tasks, and sharing information. Multiple reviews and demonstrations prove high efficiency of web-based solutions. For example, Google solutions and Microsoft solutions give excellent opportunities to establish teamwork.

At the same time, if you read an adequate comparison, you will notice that any online/web-based solution is supported by stable Internet connection only, gives not convenient possibility to collaborate locally, and requires regular payments and fees for collaboration services.

Main features of online collaboration tools are:

  • Managing tasks, schedules and projects
  • Support of Internet connection and use of web browsers to access remote resources
  • Storing files, documents and other information in remote databases
  • Password-protected access to remote databases

Main benefits from using online collaboration tools are:

  • Remote access to files and documents (it’s convenient for those users who don’t want to or just cannot keep information locally)
  • Possibility to create a corporate network of documents, tasks and files (usually it’s a benefit for large companies and corporations only)
  • Organizing webinars, video conferences and online chat sessions (usually this benefit is supported by the best web-based solutions only)

There are both free and commercial online collaboration tools. Usually, free web solutions give limited functionality to manage simple tasks, create to-do lists, and share information. Sometimes they are referred to online collaboration tools open source solutions. Commercial solutions offer great functionality which costs monthly fees per user per account name.

VIP Task Manager is a desktop solution that gives you a set of task management solutions to create, manage, track and report tasks, schedules and projects. The software is based on a client-server technology allowing users to collaborate and communicate with each other in real time through LAN and/or Internet.VIP Task Manager has a 30-day trial copy you can download from this website.

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