Most people are likely unaware of this little fact, but there are more ways to collaborate online than merely defaulting to Microsoft or Google based solutions. As a matter of fact, you can even use open source collaboration software should the desire exist. As for which applications to work with, I happen to be fond of two specific apps that I feel fit the mold quite nicely.
Out of these two, one clearly offers more functionality than the other. Yet despite this fact, don’t think that one is to be perceived as “better” than the other. They are as different as night and day, each offering their own benefits. Let’s take a gander at what each has to offer, shall we?
Spicebird: Sometimes keeping with the basics is where it’s at. And when it comes to ensuring that users have access to powerful collaboration tools, Spicebird delivers big time despite sticking to the basics. The core features of Spicebird include Email, Chat, and a Calendar. Each of these features extends into the handling of each function provided, but the general overall concept is fairly straightforward. Spicebird is a simple, easy to install localized application for Windows and Linux. Sorry, Mac users.
Cyn.in: Considered to be a much more inclusive option, Cyn.in provides the full package for those looking to a more enterprise ready solution to their collaboration needs. What makes this product compelling is that it goes much further than the option above. Assuming you opt for the community version, the Cyn.in server provides a home base to handle wikis, blogs, event calendars, discussion boards, media galleries, plus a whole lot more.
Why not use Google?
If you’re working for a SoHo or a medium sized business, why would you want to limit yourself? With a little bit of elbow grease, today’s open source users can find software to cater to just about any need. And this means collaboration as well.