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Collaborative Applications

Collaborative applications, collaborative software or groupware is application software designed to help people involved in a common task to achieve their goals. One of the earliest definitions of collaborative software is "intentional group processes plus software to support them".

In terms of the level of interaction it allows, collaborative software may be divided into: real-time collaborative editing (RTCE) platforms that allow multiple users to engage in live, simultaneous and reversible editing of a single file, like document collaboration app, and version control (also known as revision control and source control) platforms, which allow separate users to make parallel edits to a file, while preserving every saved edit by every user as multiple files (that are variants of the original file). The use of collaborative software in the work space creates a collaborative working environment (CWE).

There are three main categories of collaboration software based on their functional capabilities. Knowing how does collaboration software work can be gleaned from the tools employed.
Communication. Helps in the exchange of communication between groups. The most common communication tools that are used are systems and applications for email hosting, file sharing, project management and a website or online collaboration applications platform that can be readily accessed. Research findings have shown that file sharing is the most common and needed feature in collaboration software. Example tools: email, voicemail, instant messaging, VoIP or video calls.

Conferencing. Allows real-time collaboration among members. Groupware software tools make possible real-time discussions among project members through a virtual meeting room with a moderator who oversees the sharing of information. These web based collaboration applications meetings are helpful when there are important matters to be decided on by project members who are in various locations. Example tools: video conferencing, IM conferencing, online forums, social media group chats, community boards, application sharing.

Coordination. Assists in group activities, schedule and deliverables. Coordination software solutions are used for complex interdependent tasks to realize a common goal. Typical business collaboration app suits for time management, project management and online proofing so that team members are aware of deadlines, are properly coordinated, and can monitor the status of projects. Example tools: calendars, time trackers, spreadsheets, client portals, alerts and status updates


The most popular products in category Collaborative Applications All category products

Microsoft 365
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Google Workspace
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Amazon Alexa for Business
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Oracle Beehive
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Zoho Workplace
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Smartsheet Platform
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XWiki
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HyperOffice
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OnePlace Solutions Product Suite
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Kopano Collaboration Suite
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Zimbra
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DocuSign
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Characteristics

Operating Systems Support

License

Mobile Access

Document Management

Word Processing

DOC and XLS File Formats

ODF File Format

PDF File Format

XML File Format

Spreadsheet

Charting

Pivot Tables

Formula Acceleration

Presentations

Calendar Management

Calendar Web Publishing

Contacts Management

Project Management

Task Management

To-Do List

Script Builder

Website Creation

Web Forms

HTML-Editor

Wikis

WordPress Integration

Notetaking

Email Client

Email Alerts

Email Invitations

Custom Email Domain Names

Domain Aliases

Endpoint Management

Templates Management

Customizable Templates

Multiple User Accounts

Data Synchronization

Data Migration Tool

File Hosting Service

Unlimited Cloud Storage

External File Sharing

Permission Management

Access Control

Transfer File Ownership

Lost Files Retrieving

Real-Time Editing

Content Search

Expiration Dates Setting

Unlimited Revision History

Voice Typing

Chat

Commenting

Video Conferencing

Hardware Kits for Meetings

Meetings Room Packages

Branded Interactive Whiteboard

Drag & Drop Interface

Customizable Branding

eDiscovery

Versioning

Offline Access

Raster Graphics Editor

Vector Graphics Editor

Projections

Detailed Reporting and Audit Logs

3rd Party Integration

Secure Data Storage

Email Security

Encryption In Transit and At Rest

Single Sign On

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  • Asus Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit for large and small rooms
  • Logitech Large, Medium and Small Room Solutions for Google Meet
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