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When Apple first released the iWork for iCloud web apps, I noted that the apps included far more features than Google Docs, especially for page layout and formatting. There was just one major thing missing: collaboration. That was rectified this week, when at the Apple announcement they went to great lengths to show off (with, of all things, what’s essentially Word Art) that their office suite now has real-time collaboration.

Google Docs — and smaller apps like Etherpad — pride themselves on letting you collaborate with others in real-time. I’ve used it to great effect in the past to work with others on translating documents, among other things, and we share a number of documents at AppStorm on Google Drive — though we rarely if ever are all editing at once. For the most part, it just seems like real-time editing is too much, an opinion seemingly shared with the newer writing and editing apps Draft and Editorially.

And yet, live collaboration seemed like a big enough need to Apple that they added collaboration to their iWork web apps over what others would consider more-needed poweruser features in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for Mac.

That made me wonder how important live collaboration is to you. Do you regularly live co-edit documents with others, or do you just share documents with others and each edit them at your own leisure? We’d love to hear your thoughts on live editing documents — and, if you’ve tried them, on Apple’s iWork for iCloud web apps — in the comments below.

Box is one of those enterprise-focused startups that’s never made tons of sense from a consumer perspective. They’ve offered generous amounts of free storage just for signing in with their mobile apps, but that’s never been enough to get most of us to move away from Dropbox — especially since, originally, their desktop sync app wasn’t included for free. That hans’t stopped them from being the document sync tool of choice for many businesses, where the clunky UI didn’t matter as much as did the security and syncing features.

Then, there’s the apps, that great equalizer that stands to make or break any platform. Most of our consumer mobile apps are integrated with Dropbox, not Box, but on the web, Box has a solid library of apps that let it do much more than just sync files. It’s had a basic office-type app for some time now, along with a Mac and PC app that syncs Office document changes in real-time. But now, it’s going even further, with a brand new app aimed to compete in the collabortive writing space that’s taking off this year.

With Microsoft’s former Office VP Steven Sinofsky now on the Box team, it seems they’re more than ready to take on Microsoft — as well as Google and other online collaboration tools. And this time, they’ve got an app that looks nice enough, it’ll likely attract more than just enterprise customers.

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Along with spreadsheets, presentations are one of the main “attractions” of the corporate-style workplace (warning: sarcasm). These multimedia productions should be engaging, but sadly, few of us have the presence of delivery, nor the content, to provide something truly compelling for the audience.

And then there’s the start-to-end in-computer construction and delivery of a presentation, which can often be a struggle — magnified, if you need to collaborate with colleagues. Within a team, the collection and organization of the required media can be a stilted process if you are working remotely, and getting the finished product to function properly anywhere outside of your chosen native software is often the cause of much frustration.

Bunkr is a new web-based platform which is hoping to ease most of these presentation-related pains. The French startup aims to provide all the tools needed to create your slideshow, from the cherry-picking of content, right through to the publication of your masterpiece in browser-friendly HTML5. But can one cloud-based service really offer the all-round game to make presentations easy?

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Within a business, the necessity to be able to communicate with every single department within your company is pretty much vital, no matter whether it employes 50 people or 5,000 people. There are plenty of ways to do this (such as e-mail and telephone) but now, more companies are pushing towards an actual Internet platform, or intranets, as the medium for collaboration and sharing information.

There are plenty of sites out there on the net that will help you set up a company intranet (most require little technological knowledge as well). Today, let’s look at Igloo, which promises to be much more than a simple corporate intranet, but rather an entire digital workplace as a platform for all your ideas and a place to go to collaborate with your team, coordinate with your partners or even interact with your customers.

I got in touch with the developers and they kindly provided me with a free demo version to evaluate for this review. Read on after the break for my thoughts.

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The options for your word processing, presentation making and spreadsheet creation needs have expanded significantly with the advancements of technology, both in native and web-based apps. The apps you need for your business work and more are available now not only on traditional personal computers, but also on mobile devices and the web. The two main options for document processing on the web are Google’s incredibly popular Docs app, and Microsoft’s version of Office inside SkyDrive.

In this article, we’ll be pitting them against each other to decide which is better, Google Docs or SkyDrive. Many web app users would be more likely to use Google’s apps, and often not even consider trying out Microsoft’s Office web apps. Instead of bringing company biases to the table, let’s take them each for what they offer, and let the best apps win! (more…)

Hunting for a job is a tough task. There are way too many job boards to keep track of and nowadays, there are job listings in popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Then comes the resumes and interviews. While not as tough, employers face a tough time with the recruitment process just like the job seekers.

From getting the job listed in every one of the popular job boards to screening resumes and interviewing candidates, the process gets complex every step of the way. Even a fairly simple task like posting to the web’s most popular job boards with a single click will end up saving a lot of time.

Resfly gets your jobs in front of millions of candidates quickly, easily, and securely. Let’s go take a look.

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In business, knowing a lot of people is a great asset. If you are a marketing professional, it’s imperative you get to connect with as many people as possible. Smart sales persons not only concentrate on the networking part of the equation, but also in putting the contacts to good use to boost sales.

The first step is to collate all the contact data into a form that makes sense. Even if you manage to fill your digital address books with all the contact information you have got, keeping track of all the back and forth is the key to closing a deal. Handy Elephant promises to transform your ever increasing number of contacts into a network of dynamic relationships. Lets learn how after the break.

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Enterprise software were never fun to use. For years, in the name of “professional looking”, a boring user interface was listed as most enterprise software’s major USP, it seemed. Microsoft Outlook remained as the path breaking collaboration (!) tool for decades. It ruled the roost until the another equally legendary social collaboration tool, Sharepoint, arrived. Slowly, very slowly, companies are embracing SaaS apps, but they are often not much better.

Everytime I use a leading project management and collaboration web app, I can’t fathom why such a clunky tool is used by millions. Naturally, I was skeptical when I heard about WorkSimple, which claims to be a social enterprise platform. To learn if WorkSimple wiped the doubtful smirk off my face or not, hit jump.

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Enterprise software market is a lucrative cash cow. Once you get the professional types start using your apps, you are probably set for life. They don’t usually change their course midway and are accustomed to familiarity. But when it comes to presentations, office dwellers always look for ways to make their content pop. That’s a potential opening for Web 2.0 companies aspiring to disrupt the enterprise app scene.

I recently discovered SpeakerDeck, which claims to be the best way to share presentations online. Simply upload your slides as a PDF and the web app will turn them into a beautiful online experience. Presentations can be viewed at SpeakerDeck or can be shared on any website with an embed code. Can it beat Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Presentations?

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One of the biggest promises of web apps is that you can use them anywhere on any computer with an internet connection. Whether you’re at home on your netbook, in the office on an iMac, or on your Aunt’s XP desktop, your web apps will work the same if you have a decently modern browser. Without installing anything, you can quickly get to work and find your files no matter where you are.

A decade ago, most people only ever used one computer, or possibly one at home and another in their office. In today’s world, it’s more likely than ever that you’ll be accessing your data from a variety of different machines. Tablets, netbooks, variety of different sized desktops, and full featured laptops: there’s more choice than ever, and increasingly, we one more than one of them.

I’ve personally relied on web apps for years to keep up with my files so I’ll always have access to them no matter where I am. I’ve sent email from kiosk computers in airports, ran across the road from a hospital to an internet café to email homework to professors, and borrowed others computers to touch up documents in Office Live or Google Docs before sending them in. Even if I buy a new computer, I’m ready to go quicker than ever thanks to relying on a variety of cloud services.

So how about you? Have you taken advantage of being able to you your web apps from anywhere, or do you still treat them more like traditional programs, tied to the browser on your personal computer? Do you use your personal web app accounts from work, or would you log on to finish some work from someone else’s computer?

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