Asana vs Producteev - what is the best task manager?
Both Asana and Producteev are very popular collaboration tools right now. Both have advantages and disadvantages. For exaple, Asana's advantage over Producteev is their more fully implemented keyboard shortcuts. And Producteev is better in sharing tasks.
Latest news about Asana and Producteev:
2013. Task management app Producteev is now completely free. You probably remember that at the end of last year Jive acquired the online collaboration service Producteev. And since then Producteev has been quiet and the users didn't have the certainty about its future. But today we have the good news. Producteev will continue working, and even better, it becomes absolutely free (until now it was free only for up to 2 users in the workspace). What is the reason of such altruism? Ilan Adebassera, the founder of Producteev, who continues to manage the service at Jive, says that "tasks are the most basic, fundamental part of getting work done and it should be free (at least for the vendors that want to find the way into the enterprise)". And it's true. Look, Jive now is competing with Salesforce. And Salesforce has a similar service Do.com, and in it task and project management - are free features.
2012. Jive acquires Producteev and Meetings.io. How you should welcome new co-workers. If you would like to become the giant of collaboration market right now, you'll need to provide customers the tools for: social intranet, file sharing (ala Dropbox), task/project management, Email and video/web conferencing. Until now, Jive was arguably the best social intranet provider and somehow solved file sharing tasks via the close partnership with Box. However, it's time to move ahead and play catch up with Microsoft and Salesforce, that don't mind buying startups to close the gaps in their collaboration suites. Today Jive has announced about the acquisition of two very good startups - task management app Producteev and online meetings tool Meetings.io. Producteev has become popular due to its convenience and multiple platforms support. And Meetings.io works as a notepad for online meetings (very simple). To welcome the new staff, the guys from Jive created this very cute movie. It's another example of useful video for business.
2012. Producteev adds document collaboration feature. Online task-manager Producteev is recently experiencing very strong competition from Do.com and Asana. They are free (or almost free), while Producteev's free version is limited to only 2 users. However Producteev is still quite popular due to its usabilty, multiple platform support and reach feature set. Yesterday Producteev added one more feature that allows to collaborate on documents online. Now, if you attach a text document to task or comment, you can open this document right there in the online viewer and collaboratively annotate it and add comments to its text. It's a very convenient tool helping to discuss documents. True, you can't edit document right there. This feature is not developed by Producteev, but added thanks to the integration with another interesting service - Crocodoc.
2012. Producteev updates interface. Launches Windows and Mac apps. One of the best online task-managers Producteev has launched the new version. From the start Producteev positioned itself as a super-cross-platform service and promised to support all possible platforms. And the reality of our time is such that the desktop applications for Windows and Mac are coming last (see the screenshot below). Before they appeared, Producteev has come in the Web-interface, on iPhone, Android, Facebook, Outlook, GMail, Google Calendar. For Windows Phone and Blackberry the mobile Web client was created. As for the new version, it's biggest change is updated web interface. It now looks like Outlook - with three columns. Besides now you can add (to-do like) subtasks and use @ and # tags in task titles (like in Twitter) to quickly assign task-owners and tags. Besides, it's now easier to view tasks by specific user. Recall, Producteev offers the free 2-user version.
2011. Do.com vs Asana - which task-manager is more free and more usable?. This fall two task-management services, that want to smash Outlook as an enterprise task management standard, have appeared. These are Salesforce's Do.com and Asana. Both services are so similar that many observers remembered the story Chatter vs Yammer, when Salesforce launched the free clone of the promissing start-up. But why have all noticed this Asana, while there are many others online task-managing tools? First of all, this service was created by Facebook co-founder and architect - Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein. Secondly, Asana is so simple and beautiful and works so fast, that it can impress even experienced users who have seen a lot of web-based applications. And third - Asana is free for teams up to 30 users. Telling about its features doesn't make sense - it is easier to try.
2011. Work gamification - the Next Big Thing. Do you want your company to use the latest, most effective business technologies? Or you are creating a business application and want to make your product the next big hit? Then you are probably watching the new IT trends. In recent years we saw such emerging trends as SaaS (software as a service), business virtualization (where staff can work remotely), the socialization of business apps, mobile access. What's next? Perhaps it will be the Gamification.
2011. Producteev now can sync with Google Tasks and MS Outlook. Last week Google released Google Tasks API and it was immediately utilized by the most innovative task-manager - Producteev. Recall Producteev allows to create and access tasks almost from any application and almost on any platform (via messengers, Email-clients, social networks, smartphones). Besides, the service provides very user-friendly interface and allows you to collaborate with your team. Earlier Producteev already released the GMail gadget, which lets you create a task from email. But it requires the browser plugin to install. The new Google Tasks sync feature allows you easily add tasks from GMail or create tasks from emails without installing any plug-ins. In addition, Producteev has finally released the plugin for MS Outlook, which allows you to synchronize Outlook tasks with Producteev online account and access them via a browser, smartphone, Mac-application and other channels. Synchronization works in the opposite direction as well.
2010. Producteev - really cross-platform task-manager. Formerly we called software "cross-platform" if it worked on Windows, Mac and Linux. Then it was thought that all Web services are cross-platform as they work in browser. But today the word "cross-platform" has a new meaning. Virtually all popular applications and Web services have become platforms themselves: Facebook, GMail, iPhone, Sharepoint ... For the modern business application Facebook or Outlook app is as important as Windows client. The task collaboration service Producteev want to use this shift. In addition to "traditional" web interface, it allows you to work with tasks in email, instant messengers, mobile devices and social networks (i.e. in those places where you mostly spend time).