The Best Productivity Apps for Business This Year

The Best Productivity Apps for Business This Year

Whether it’s handling your emails more efficiently or helping with project management, here are seven apps that Fast Company identified as ones you should take a closer look at.
I have further examined each of these productivity apps to identify their platforms and cost to round out the selection criteria to consider when evaluating which app might make sense for your business.

Productivity Apps for Business

Email: Astro

This artificial intelligence app combines email, calendar, Slack and Amazon Alexa together. It can prioritize your emails, tell you what to follow up on, and help clean up your inbox.


Platforms:

Astro runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones

Slack and Alexa use Astrobot

Cost:

Free


Collaboration: Trello

This app is the most visual way for teams to collaborate on any project. A user can add comments, attachments and directly comment on Trello cards. It works seamlessly across multiple programs.


Platforms:

Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari Web Browsers

iPhone, iPad and Mac Systems

Android Devices

Windows Computers

Cost:

Free to $20.83 per user per month, depending on features


Concentration: Forest

Forest is an app to help you stay focused on one thing for 25-30 minutes. It has a countdown timer, and if you keep on task without opening other apps, checking your email or taking a call, your seedling will grow into a tree. Too many interruptions and your seedling or tree will die.


Platforms:

Chrome and Firefox Web Browsers

iOS and Android Devices

Cost:

Free on most platforms, except iOS where its $1.99


Note Taking: Notability

Combines handwriting, sketches, PDFs and typing in a single note. Use a wide range of tools to capture every detail from your meeting, convention or brainstorming session. Stay organized and up-to-date wherever you are, thanks to the iCloud.


Platform:

Apple Devices

Cost:

$9.99 per device


Transcription: Otter

Otter is a smart note-taking and collaboration app that empowers you to remember, search, and share your voice conversations. Via AI, notes are synced to your Otter cloud account. Everything is searchable through key terms, name mentions and action items.


Platform:

Android Devices

Cost:

Free


File Manager: Documents 6

Keeping all files in one place, this app allows you to open and view any document type. Examples are EPUB books, Word and Excel documents, zip files, PDFs, images, mp3 and videos. A fast search tool helps you find what you need. You can read and annotate PDFs and sync with the cloud.  


Platform:

iPhone and iPad Devices

Cost:

Free


Photo Editing: Affinity

This professional photo software allows for editing and retouching images. You can also create full-blown multi-layered compositions. It provides a full library of adjustment layers, layer effects and live filter layers, all of which can be grouped, clipped, masked or blended together to enable the creation of incredibly complex image compositions.


Platform:

Windows and Mac Devices

Cost:

Onetime fee of $49.99

Hartford Technology Rental is Productivity Centric

Hartford Technology Rental offers month-to-month, as well as, short-term rental programs for meetings. We can install and test any apps you need on ipad rentals prior to delivering the hardware to your business. Learn more about our corporate computer solutions by calling 888-520-5667