We've narrowed down the best, essential and most productive iOS and Android apps for all your business needs, whether you're working from a smartphone, tablet or the hard-to-say-without-cringing hybrid, phablet.
Microsoft Office Mobile
Microsoft launched its famed Office suite - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and so on - to the iOS and Android mobile platforms a few years ago now, and ever since the apps have just got better and better.
No longer do you need an Office365 account to take advantage of Microsoft Office's many tools, such as document creating, editing, and sharing. Syncing effortlessly between Windows or Mac over the cloud, the Office Mobile app is one of our favourite for productivity tasks on mobile devices.
One of Microsoft Office's biggest competitors is Google Drive, a free storage that keeps all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet or computer. All your files in Drive - like your videos, photos and documents - are backed up and kept safe on Google's servers.
However, the best part is Google Docs is part of Google drive, a free office suite where users can create word documents, spreadsheets or presentations. You can also easily invite others to view, edit or leave comments on any of your files or folders. Very similar to Microsoft Office but more about personal preference.
There comes a time in every remote working situation when you'll need to open a bloody PDF document on a mobile device. Being one of the most simple yet potentially frustrating actions to have to conduct, especially on an Apple device, having a dedicated PDF reader app can feel life a life saver.
With a first class reputation, Adobe, of course, does it best. Better yet, the Adobe Reader app is also free, can be used to make edits and comments on PDFs, and much more. The software can also be used in conjunction with an Abode account, which adds various high-end features like the ability to export files into different formats.
Despite its somewhat uncomfortable-sounding name, Slack has quickly become the messaging app for businesses. Since launch, it has garnered over three million daily active users as it spreads to more workplaces around the world.
Slack on iOS and Android is a boon for those who need to stay in touch with colleagues on the move, though the downside here could be that you might never be able to escape them. Nevertheless, when you do use it on the move, you'll find everything syncs well between the web version and the app, with private and chat messages kept well in tact
Is Slack the future of email? it might well be. Watch this space.
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