Best Business Apps: A Guide

By
Sarah Leung
February 29, 2016

Digital applications are transforming the way we do business. Delivering against aggressive deadlines and meeting customer needs on highly collaborative, agile teams is the new normal. By using apps to organize our workdays, communicate with colleagues, and perform better on the go, the 21st Century office is now accessible anywhere, and the 21st Century workforce is innovating faster than ever. With this proliferation of business applications, however, comes the burden of choice. Comparing features and user experiences for all of the available apps on the market can be a job in and of itself. That’s where the 2016 Best Business Apps Guide comes in. Below, we’re listing some of the best business apps across the eleven different categories covered in the guide, including business messaging apps, team collaboration apps, and more. To get more details on each app, including features, pros, and cons, download the 2016 Best Business Apps Guide now. You’ll also find links out to the app websites!

Best Business Apps: Organization

This category includes calendar apps, to-do list apps, receipt tracking apps, and note-taking apps that all work together to help you and your team better plan and schedule meetings, organize tasks, brainstorm ideas, and track expenses.

Best Calendar Apps

  • Wave Calendar App
  • Sunrise
  • Sales Navigator (not strictly a calendar app, but download the Best Business Apps Guide for more information on why we included it here!)
  • Fantastical 2
  • Week Calendar Planner

Best To-Do List Apps

  • Wunderlist
  • Todoist
  • AnyDo
  • Carrot
  • Everyday

Best Receipt Tracking Apps

  • Expensify
  • Receiptmate
  • Wave Receipts
  • Smart Receipts
  • Shoeboxed
  • Foreceipt

Best Note-Taking Apps

  • Evernote/Penultimate
  • Apple Notes
  • Dragon Dictation
  • Quip
  • Note Taker HD

Best Business Apps: Communication

For companies that want to improve the way remote teams communicate across distances or to reduce time spent on tedious email communication, these messaging and collaboration apps can help. There are also apps that can help businesses better communicate with the public via social media, and with customers, clients, and prospects via presentation apps.

Best Business Messaging Apps

  • HipChat
  • Slack
  • Avaamo
  • Adium
  • Skype for Business
  • Voxer
  • Office Chat

Best Team Collaboration Apps

  • Asana
  • Trello
  • Hackpad
  • Dropbox
  • Box
  • One Password
  • Google Apps for Work
  • GoToMeeting

Best Social Media Management Apps

  • Hootsuite
  • Tweetdeck
  • Sprout Social
  • Buffer
  • IFTTT
  • Tweepi
  • SumAll

Best Presentation Apps

  • Canva
  • Slide Pocket
  • FlowVella
  • Showpad
  • Prezi
  • SlideIdea
  • Haiku Deck

Best Business Apps: Business Travel

Whether you’re flying out for a business meeting or you’re a road warrior who drives from appointment to appointment, these travel apps will help make your time on the road easier.

Best Travel Apps

  • TripIt
  • TripCase
  • Silvercar
  • Hipmunk
  • Kayak
  • FlightView

Best Route Planning Apps

  • Portatour
  • Sales Navigator
  • Badger
  • Road Warrior
  • Route4Me

Best Expense Report Apps

  • Mileage Log
  • Concur
  • Expensify
  • Xpenditure

Download the Best Business Apps Guide here!