Best Software to Keep You Connected Whilst at Home

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by Nathan Baldwin on

As nations across the world prepare for full scale lockdowns, entire workforces have had to adapt to working from home. 

For many people this sudden and dramatic change has understandably raised some concerns, especially the issue of staying connected to friends, family and co-workers. But in the digitally advanced age in which we live, staying connected to people has never been easier. There is a whole world of software out there created specifically to help you maintain relationships with not just family and friends, but co-workers, bosses, clients and whoever else. But with so much choice out there, what software is best for you?

 

1. Facebook Workplace 

As you probably guessed by its title, Facebook Workplace is geared more towards helping co-workers stay connected. Workplace is a connectivity platform that allows teams or entire companies to stay connected over an online messenger platform. It can work as a professional platform in which co-workers can easily share files and work-related updates. But it also allows teams to work more agilely compared to more traditional software such as email, as they can communicate in real time together.

 

2. Zoom

Zoom is another enterprise communication platform that allows people to communicate face to face via webcam. Zoom is a multi-functional platform that supports face to face meetings, conferences, webinars, has a built in chat / messenger function and even allows you to customise your background, so if you’ve ever wanted to know what having a meeting in space was like, Zoom is the platform for you.

 

3. WhatsApp 

WhatsApp has taken the online connectivity market by storm over the last few years. The in-app messenger has solved the problem of cross-device messaging, that is mainly Apple’s I-message vs Androids free messenger service. WhatsApp allows usewrs to create private groups in which they can communicate in real time together, and more importantly… it’s FREE! So, no matter where in the world you are will always be connected to the people who matter most in your life. 

 

4. IMVU

If you’re looking for something more immersive, IMVU could be the platform for you. In this virtual metaverse you can create an avatar to navigate the open world and communicate with existing or new friends. The platform integrates with multiple devices and various messaging platforms, making it easy to connect to your contact books.

 

5. Skype 

Skype has become a household name for families, friends and professionals alike. It’s quick response time, straight forward user experience design and multi-device functionality has made it the go to face to face connectivity tool for many people across the world. Whether you are contacting a distant relative or are conducting a job interview, Skype will ensure you always stay connected.


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