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The 10 Best Collaboration Software Tools for Productive Teams

Project management with gantt chart

Digging through the exhaustive number of team collaboration tools on the market can be overwhelming. How do you find the best collaboration software to improve your team’s productivity? And how do you know it’s effective before you adopt it?

Have no fear, Flock is here! We did the digging. We tested dozens of team collaboration tools and evaluated them based on features and pricing, to present to you the 10 best team collaboration software for your business.

Best Team Collaboration Tools

Team Communication Tools

Flock

Flock collaboration tools

We’d be remiss not to include Flock in our list of collaboration tools for productive teams. We’ve touted our features and pricing here on this blog, but here’s the deal:

Features

  • Direct and team messaging
  • Video conferencing and screen sharing
  • File-sharing
  • Advanced search
  • Guest management
  • Announcements
  • Directory
  • Auto-generated mailing lists
  • To-dos
  • Polls
  • Notes
  • Reminders
  • Share code snippets
  • Process automation
  • Integrations

Pricing

  • PRO plan: $4.50 per licensed user, per month (best value!)
  • Custom pricing for large enterprises & organizations

Slack

Slack info pane

Slack's main interface

Slack is best known for its messaging platform, but also includes many integrations and tools that can be helpful for business.

Features

  • Direct and team messaging
  • Video conferencing and screen sharing
  • File-sharing
  • Advanced search
  • Guest management
  • Announcements
  • Directory
  • Private notes
  • Reminders
  • Share code snippets
  • Integrations

Pricing

  • Standard plan: $6.67 per person, per month
  • Plus plan: $12.50 per person, per month
  • Custom pricing for large enterprises & organizations

Microsoft Teams

microsoft teams interface

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a newer tool, packaging together many Microsoft products like Skype, Office, and OneDrive.

Features

  • Direct and team messaging
  • Live Events - up to 10,000 viewers
  • Video conferencing and screen sharing
  • Built-in Office 365 apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • File-sharing
  • Advanced search
  • Guest management
  • Announcements
  • Directory
  • Integrations

Pricing

  • Free for chat only
  • $12.50 per user/month for Office 365 Business Premium
  • $20.00 per user/month for Office 365 E3

See our best team conferencing tools for business here.

 

Team Project Management Tools

Monday.com

multiple screens showcasing Monday features

Monday.com

Monday offers team and project management features with an assortment of different project trackers and file-sharing abilities.

Features

  • Customizable project tracking templates
    • Gantt charts and Kanban
  • Calendar view
  • Files view
  • File-sharing
  • Desktop and mobile
  • Integrations
  • Process automation

Pricing

  • Based on user size
  • $39 - $1599+ per month

Asana

Asana's timeline view

Asana's task tracker

Asana isn’t just for development teams. Asana is similar to Monday.com in its focus on tracking work and getting it done.

Features

  • Customizable project tracking templates
    • Lists and Kanban
  • Calendar view
  • Files view
  • File-sharing
  • Desktop and mobile
  • Templates
  • Integrations

Pricing

  • Basic - Free for up to 15 users
  • Premium - $10.99 per user, per month
  • Business - $24.99 per user, per month
  • Custom pricing for large enterprises & organizations

JIRA

JIRA board view

JIRA project board

JIRA’s value lies in its ability to track projects and manage bug fixes in a product. This makes it effective for client-facing teams, especially SaaS companies.

Features

  • Customizable project tracking templates
    • Gantt charts, scrum boards and Kanban
  • Reporting
  • Integrations

Pricing

  • Standard: starting at $7 per user, per month
  • Premium: starting at $14 per user, per month
  • Max 5,000 users

Trello

Open Macbook running Trello on a web browser

Trello

Trello offers a free plan that allows project and task tracking on a business-ready level. For more features, businesses can opt into their business or enterprise plan.

Features

  • Customizable project tracking cards
  • Create and comment via email
  • Automation
  • Calendar view
  • Map view
  • Voting
  • Integrations (“Power-Ups”)

Pricing

  • Free plan with limited features
  • Business class: $9.99 per user, per month
  • Enterprise: $20.83 per user, per month

 

Team Collaboration Tools

Google Drive

Google Drive's main interface

Google Drive

At this point, Google Drive is eponymous with file sharing. Its impressive storage, collaborative abilities, and cross-device sync makes it a leader for collaborative teams.

Features

  • Storage
  • Shared Drives
  • Docs, Sheets, Slides
  • Assign tasks
  • Request approvals
  • Track versions
  • Device sync
  • Sharing, viewing, collaborating
  • AI-powered search
  • Integration

Pricing

  • Personal: Free for up to 15GB
  • Enterprise: $8 per user, per month + $1 per 25GB

Dropbox

Dropbox integration with Mac desktop

Dropbox

Dropbox is another leader in cloud-based file-sharing, in part due to its ease of use. Dropbox has also recently launched a Timelines feature, which makes for great project planning and tracking alongside file-sharing.

Features

  • Storage
  • Shared folders
  • Assign tasks
  • Track versions
  • Device sync
  • Sharing, viewing, collaborating
  • To-dos
  • Gantt-style timelines
  • Personalized suggestions
  • Remote wipe
  • Integration

Pricing

  • Standard: $12.50 per user, per month
  • Advanced: $20 per user, per month

Quip

Quip's slides tool

Quip's Slides feature

Quip is among the newer players in collaborative software. Quip allows for easy file sharing with group chat and direct messaging features. Its pricing is competitive, and Quip touts building “a culture of action” among teams.

Features

  • Sharing, viewing, collaborating
  • Documents, spreadsheets, and slides
  • Group chat and 1:1 messaging
  • Integration

Pricing

  • Starter: $10 per user, per month
  • Enterprise: $25 per user, per month

 

What tools does your team use? What features are you looking for? Comment below to start the discussion.

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