5 screen-sharing apps offer easy collaboration

These five apps that will let you video chat, message, share screens and collaborate in real-time with your coworkers.

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5 collaboration apps worth a look

The modern office has changed drastically in the last 10 years, which means the way we collaborate has evolved as well. Whether your company has remote workers, international offices or employees who are always on the road, you need fast and easy ways to stay connected. There are plenty of apps that promise to help you collaborate with colleagues, whether you need basic messaging, video chat, remote access or screen-share capabilities. We previously wrote about these 15 apps for collaboration, but here are five more worthy contenders to consider.

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TeamViewer 12

The original TeamViewer is a great application for screen-sharing, but TeamViewer12 brings secure, encrypted screen-sharing and remote support with a higher frame-rate. It’s targeted more at businesses that need to offer remote support, but it’s also a great option if you need to regularly screen-share with others to collaborate on large projects. One of the biggest features in TeamViewer12 is the high frame rate connection; that means, you can edit videos or other similar tasks via remote sessions with frame rates of up to 60 fps.

You’ll also get faster file transfer speeds, mobile-to-mobile remote connections and a simple interface for clients to use. Unlike other programs that charge a monthly or annual fee for the service, you purchase TeamViewer12 licenses for a one-time fee. For the business level, you can get a single-user license for $849, while the “premium” level offers multi-user floating licenses for a one-time fee of $1,689; corporate users can buy a license for $2,799, which allows for three concurrent users.

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Slack

Slack has quickly become the collaboration tool of choice for businesses, offering enough collaboration features in one app to keep everyone happy. While at first it might just look like another messaging app, Slack brings more to the table than multiple chat rooms. You can share files, conduct video or audio calls, collaborate on documents and more. It’s also highly intuitive, and with a low learning curve, you won’t have to worry about employees avoiding an over-complicated app. And your workers will love its integration with many of the productivity apps they use every day. You can use Slack for free, with a few, reasonable limitations. Limitations include, archiving for up to 10,000 messages -- instead of unlimited -- and a limit of two people on any given call. Free accounts still have access to the iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps, as well as the ability to send files up to 5GB.

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Huddle

Businesses that work with confidential data might not have as much leeway when it comes to selecting collaboration software. Huddle is a collaboration tool specifically aimed at government agencies and enterprise businesses that need to ensure privacy in day-to-day communications. Huddle works across mobile devices and integrates with Microsoft Office and Google for Work; users can also customize the layout to create a cohesive experience.

It’s free for external users, so that means you can communicate with clients and customers and they won’t need to pay for Huddle on their end. However, a Huddle account doesn’t come cheap for businesses; the most basic package starts at $20 per user per month, but you can opt for a free trial to make sure it’s the right tool before committing.

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Microsoft Teams

In the past, one of the easiest way to screen-share on Windows was to use Microsoft Remote Assistance or Skype, but there’s a new tool in town -- Microsoft Teams. It’s a Slack competitor announced by Microsoft earlier this month, and it aims to become a collaboration mainstay for businesses. You can message other users, conduct screen-share sessions, video chat and quickly share files or other content. It’s a great option for businesses that are entrenched in the Microsoft ecosystem, since it naturally integrates with Windows 10 apps and the Microsoft Office Suite. Currently, you can only download a feature-lite version, but the full app will be available in early 2017.

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Glip

Glip is a tool that wants to bring your chats, tasks, calendars, notes, video chats and files into one simplified app. These features are baked into the app, but you can also connect with popular apps you already use. You can manage email alerts, calendar notifications, messages and more from a variety of third party services including Hangouts, DropBox, GitHub and more. It syncs with Outlook, iCal, and Gmail, and allows for collaborative document editing, push notifications and file-sharing along with a promise of “twenty-four seven, bank-level security.” The best feature of Glip, however, might be the price; you can have unlimited people on a free account with unlimited posts, storage, app integrations, guest users and 500 minutes of video chat. From there, accounts go up to $5 or $10 per person, per month and include customer support and more video chat minutes.