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Email’s the default business communications app; most of us use it to collaborate with our colleagues without even thinking. But as you start sending more emails back and forth, email can get unwieldy, with important messages lost in the clutter. That’s inspired a whole generation of business apps that try to help us communicate and collaborate outside of email.

Why not just keep using email, and make it better for business collaboration? That’s what GrexIt, our sponsor this week, is designed for. They realized that email’s still the killer app for business, and set out to make it better by adding shared labels and tools to assign tasks and check their status to Gmail and Google Apps accounts. That way, you can archive emails with labels like “Support”, “HR”, “Accounting”, or your project names, and the emails will be automatically shared with everyone you’ve added to those labels. It makes collaborating with your team as simple as keeping your inbox cleaned up.

Then, since it’s just Gmail labels, you can use GrexIt even if you sync your email with Outlook, Mail.app, or your mobile devices. You can also integrate GrexIt with Google Chrome to manage your shared labels and more directly from Gmail, without having to open your GrexIt account.

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If you’ve been wanting a better way for your team to collaborate but didn’t want to have to change your current email-based workflow, GrexIt is exactly what you need. We loved GrexIt when we tried it out for our review, and are sure it’ll be a great asset for your business.

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As a special offer for our Web.AppStorm readers, you can get a free first month trial of GrexIt, and then get a 50% rebate on your first paid month of GrexIt just by signing up at http://grexit.com/?source=REF_APPSTORM. Or, you can keep using GrexIt for free if your team only has up to 3 users and 5 shared labels. Be sure to give it a try this week, and see if it’s the tool you need to make email the ultimate killer app for business.

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Email is the most important online service you use — it’s essential your online passport, used to login to most apps you use — but it’s often the most neglected. Sure, we check our email all the time, but how much time did you put into finding the best place to keep your email? Have you ever thought about the possibility of needing to switch email services, and how much that would affect your life?

Now’s the time to think about it. Let’s take a look at the best email services out there today, and how you use them to make sure you never lose all of your email. And perhaps, you’ll find an email service that you like even better than you’re using right now. (more…)

Most of our business decisions, it seems, are made in our inboxes. We research the best tools for our job, contact customers, discuss plans with coworkers, and more, all via email. Many of us use old emails for references, too, and I find myself searching through Sparrow for old emails with important information all the time. Often the emails I’m looking for contains info that would be important to my whole team, such as information about our upcoming plans or perhaps credentials for an app we use.

GrexIt is a solution that lets you unlock the emails in your account and share them with your whole team. Everyone on your team can send the important emails that the whole company needs to know about to the GrexIt repository, where they can easily be ready by anyone on the team, anytime. It’s an interesting solution for making email more social for businesses.

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Whether you use web apps by default or prefer traditional installed apps, it’d be hard to get by today without using at least a few web apps. Computers, tablets, and even smartphones could be used without an internet connection once you’ve installed some apps, but increasingly, it seems odd to be without internet connection for even a few minutes. Even our traditional apps such as Mail and Calendar tools are generally powered by an online service.

While most of us use Google Apps, as well as social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, there’s so many other apps that it’s be impossible to make a poll that would include all of the web apps most of us use. So, instead of a normal poll, this week we’d love it if you could comment and let us know what web app you couldn’t live without. Google Apps and social networks would be high on anyone’s list, so to make it more interesting, why not tell us your favorite Email/Calendar solution, social network, and then the other web app you couldn’t live without.

I’m still trying to decide what my other app would be. I’d have to put down WordPress or Simplenote, or perhaps CloudApp … I’m still not sure. What would you pick? 

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