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Coronavirus: These 15 free apps will make work from home easy

Make sure you have what you need to work remotely

As you know Corona virus outbreak has already created inconvenience for millions of people worldwide in the form of travel restrictions, health scares and business shutdowns which let employees to work from home. In India, US, UK, China and many more countries, several cities have been put in lockdown mode, which means offices and establishments are shut for the time being. In such circumstances, work can’t really take a back seat and here’s where technology comes in to play a critical role.

If you’re also planning to work from home for an extended period of time, there are a few free applications to make sure you can be productive at your job. Make sure you have what you need to work remotely :

#2 Microsoft Teams: On Android, iOS, Windows (Free)

Microsoft Teams is designed for all kinds of groups. Invite everyone you work with to chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place, no matter where you are. Instantly go from group chat to video conference with the touch of a button. Teams of 10 or 10,000 can meet in one place, no matter how many places they’re in.

#5 Basecamp 3: iOS, Android, Mac, and PC

Basecamp 3 puts everything you need to get work done in one place. Basecamp 3 has a message board, chat room, and a file organiser as well. The app has a paid & free but limited version, which should suffice your basic work needs.

#6 Join.me: On Android, iOS

Whether your team is in the office or around the globe, join.me brings everyone together in an instant to share an idea, collaborate on a project, or close a big deal. Screen sharing, online meetings and team collaboration are all fast and easy at Join.me.

#7 Hours: On Android, iOS

Hours is an time tracking software for freelancers & small business. Track projects, clients, & tasks on the web, iPhone & Apple Watch. This software helps you keep track record of time. You can simply use a timer to track how your employee had spent hours. Available for both individuals as well as for a team. 

#8 Slack: For iOS, Android, Windows

Another popular productivity and collaboration app is Slack which can be used for messaging, sharing and editing documents, The app can be used across devices. Teamwork in Slack happens in channels – a single place for messaging, tools and files – helping everyone save time and collaborate together.

#9 Break Timer

As the name suggests, this app tells you to take a break. Break Timer allows you to set up customizable time breaks and will remind you to take them. Taking breaks whilst working or studying is crucial in preventing RSI, eye-strain and tiredness.

#11 Harvest: On iOS, Android

Harvest app comes in really handy to track time and expenses. You can also manage invoices using Harvest app. The app allows you to take images of receipts and keep a track of expenses. You can also monitor the time taken by colleagues on certain projects and stay up-to-date.

#14 Desktime : iOS, Android, Windows

Maximize your team's productivity and keep your projects on track with the simple and secure DeskTime time tracking app. Monitor the daily activity, sick leaves, vacations and overtime with ease, and get a clear overview of your team's workflow.

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