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The 10 best iPhone apps for business collaboration

Work using your mobile from just about anywhere

Using your Apple iPhone for business? We've rounded up 10 apps that will ensure you can manage projects, update your team, track progress and share documents, by simply using the handset.

Communicating with your team

Effective communication is key to collaboration, but it can be challenging when you're out of the office. These apps help arrange, organise and integrate your communications to make working with your team more efficient.

Cisco WebEx Meeting Center

Cisco's WebEx is one of the most popular conferencing services in the business world, offering live screen sharing along with teleconferencing and videoconferencing. The WebEx iPhone app brings a fairly complete teleconferencing experience to the iPhone's screen, including screen sharing and in-conference instant messaging. If you have a WebEx account, you can even initiate meetings directly from your iPhone.

Even better, the iPhone app doesn't require you to make a separate call to phone into the conference - once you join a WebEx meeting, you are automatically connected over VoIP. And with the new forward-facing cameras on the iPhone 4, you can even send your image.

The iPhone app is free; a WebEx account costs £30 per month, but you don't need an account to join WebEx meetings via the iPhone, only to host your own.

Yammer

Enterprise microblogging platform Yammer lets businesses set up a private, Twitter-like service, allowing for the open exchange of ideas, links and documents within a select network of people. Like Twitter, Yammer lets users post status updates and receive them in a constant flow, but Yammer users aren't bound by Twitter's 140-character limit. In addition, files of all sorts can be attached directly to status updates, making document sharing and collaboration easy.

Unlike Twitter users, who usually broadcast to everyone, Yammer users can set up both internal and external groups to communicate with directly. It's a great way for project teams to send quick status updates, documents and other information to their team members.

The Yammer app shows all the feeds you're subscribed to and your @ replies, along with a directory of all users in your network. The Yammer app is free; the basic Yammer service is also free, but most companies will want to opt for a paid plan, starting at $3.00 (£1.89) per user per month (volume discounts are available), for better administrative, security and support tools.

Smart Recorder

Smart Recorder from Roe Mobile Development (RMD) is a supercharged version of the iPhone's Voice Notes audio recording app. It lets you tag recordings, bundle them with notes and photos, and share them via Box.net or using Smart Recorder's built-in server. Use the app to record and share voice memos, lectures, conversations and meetings with your team.

While recording or during playback, you can add tags and photos to specific time points - tapping the tag or photo will take you back to the point in the recording where the tag or photo was added. Recordings are exported as .caf (Core Audio Format) files, an Apple format that can be played back on any computer using QuickTime.

Smart Recorder is £1.79; a free lightweight version can record indefinitely but only export recordings of less than three minutes.

See also: 10 ways to make money using your smartphone

  1. Work using your mobile from anywhere
  2. Creating and editing files
  3. Managing projects
  4. Communicating with your team

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