If you’re a small company and all you’re looking for is hosted e-mail and file, calendar and contact sharing of the kind offered by Microsoft Exchange, BlueTie is a pretty good deal at $5 a month or $60 a year per person.
But if you want a more comprehensive collaboration solution that includes lightweight project management and more sophisticated document sharing and management functions, CentralDesktop is a better bet – though clearly more expensive.
If you don’t want anything as involved as CentralDesktop and mainly just need to be able to quickly and easily set up online meetings, then GoToMeeting is an elegantly simple solution.
But don’t end your search here. The Internet is teeming with interesting online collaboration tools, with new ones popping up almost monthly. So go forth and collaborate.
Based in London, Canada, Gerry Blackwell has been writing about information technology and telecommunications for a variety of print and online publications since the 1980s.
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