A guide to apps for BYOD users.


What is an app?

An app, or application software, is a computer program which is generally used on smartphones, tablets and now even laptops.

There is a vast range of apps available which are both free and paid for. They can be downloaded from a number of sites, with some of the key platforms being the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry App World.

Mobile apps originally offered only basic functionality such as email, calendar and weather. However, with such a huge demand for more and more apps, the expansion in other areas has really taken off, such as in games, banking, medical, magazines and now even business, check out the best apps for BYOD users.


Applications for business.

Although apps were primarily used for personal use, with the increase of BYOD in companies, there is more and more demand for business apps. There are now many different applications available to help transform the way we work, improving collaboration, increasing productivity, helping us to be more organised and communicate more effectively.

Here are our top 5 business apps that you should try:

  1. Evernote
    This is an app allows you take a photo, record audio, save a webpage and keep it all for later. It is perfect for sharing notes with colleagues and collaborating on a project, or saving important documents that you may need later. To find out more, click here.
  2. Yammer
    BYOD allows you to be more flexible with your workspace, so you may find that you’re not always face to face with your colleagues. This app allows you to keep in touch with your business contacts and collaborate more effectively. You can share information and updates, as well as organise your projects and communicate from within the app. For more information, please click here.
  3. Google Now
    This is a clever, intuitive app which works out what you need to do and where you need to go, helping you to manage your day and stay connected. To find out more, click here.
  4. Skype
    Although you may already use this for personal use, it’s quick and easy to use for business too. Why not use it for a group call or even a video call where a face to face meeting isn’t necessarily possible. It allows you to connect with both colleagues and clients at any time and from anywhere in the world. Find out more here.
  5. DropBox
    This is an easy to use app, allowing you to access your files from any device, even whilst you’re on the go. You can share documents with colleagues or clients too and if you’re doing work, simply upload it your DropBox account afterwards so you have it saved for later. Find out more here.

If you would like some more apps which are perfect for business, take a look at this list here.

These are just a selection of apps available, with the number increasing all the time. In fact, research firm Gartner estimates that a staggering 102 billion apps were downloaded in total in 2013, with this figure only set to increase year on year, with apps for businesses becoming even more popular.