Top Seven Cloud-based Tools I Use Every Week
Our tech team is working on a big revamp of AESB that will make it smarter and cooler and way more amazing than before. Hearing our people rave about how our cloud-based tool will revolutionize the business and make our clients' lives easier made me think of all the awesome online tools that are already in use in other industries. I, personally, rely heavily on these seven. They have all the usual advantages of web tools—they are fast and can be accessed from anywhere. (Also, most of them are free or have free versions, except Constant Contact.) But more than that, they are easy to use and fairly intuitive and they serve my needs awesomely.
Affinity Express recently transitioned from using Outlook to Gmail, and after some whining (Where's my Word-like formatting? Why can't I Ctrl+Enter to send the email? Why can't I look at my email when the network's down for a minute?), I got around to it pretty quickly. I've used Gmail for personal correspondence for ages, so that wasn't very difficult. And there are many reasons why Gmail is better:
- It's so much faster. It's a shame that I can't go make myself tea while waiting for my email to open, but still…
- It's lightweight. Outlook used to bring down my laptop once a week. Gmail doesn't blink at the 4000 emails in my Reading folder.
- It's on the web! I don't have to turn on my work-laptop on a Saturday: I can just pause the game on my personal-laptop and check my email.
- The search function is so excellent.
- Labels! Cross-labeling! Again, makes it so much easier to find stuff.
Duh. But seriously, having used Blogger for years, I'm constantly amazed at how easy and comprehensive WordPress is. One of my favorite things is the ability to have the writing tool on full screen and pour in my thoughts without any distractions. And while there are some things I wish they'd do better, I totally acknowledge that WordPress is awesome.