What productivity applications should you download for your Apple Watch?
Last week, the Apple Watch debuted with more than 3,000 apps, including offerings from the likes of Twitter, Barclays and the NBA. But can the new wearable be a useful tool for the enterprise? We took a look and found 11 applications that could make your working day a little bit easier.
Evernote has expanded its note taking platform to your wrist. Billed as the ultimate companion to iPhone not taking, you can take notes, perform searches, see recent content, set reminders and check items off lists without the need to take your smartphone out of your pocket. You can even start reading a note on the Apple Watch before picking up where you left off on your iPhone.
Microsoft once viewed Office as the jewel in the Windows crown, but as the company continues with its mobile-first cloud strategy, it has firmly embraced the Apple ecosystem. The PowerPoint application makes it easier to give presentations by allowing you to control a slideshow on an iPhone. Users can easily switch between slides, see which slide they are on and how many there are in total. The app even keeps track of how much time has elapsed – crucial if you only have a set number of minutes to give your presentation.
Salesforce’s first apps for the Apple Watch are designed for interactions of less than ten seconds, providing key information at a glance. Salesforce Analytics Cloud allows users to swipe between dashboards, voice search for reports and handoff between Apple Watch and iPhone. Salesforce1, which is expected to be released later this year, provides sales managers and marketers with key notifications while on the move. The company has also released the Salesforce Wear Developer Pack to help developers create enterprise applications that connect directly to the Salesforce1 platform.
Microsoft’s VoIP client is a natural fit for Apple’s wearable and the latest version lets users read messages and reply using dictation, emoticons or templates. Voice calls are still absent, but it’s possible this might be added in the future.
Wunderlist for Apple Watch has a radically different interface to its iPhone counterpart in order to give “hyper-relevant” and personal information. Taptic-Engine powered notifications alert you to what your colleagues are doing without you needing to touch the screen, while users can accept requests and tick off tasks on the move.
Invoice2go lets users send professional invoices from a mobile device and keeps track of how long you have been working on a particular job. The Apple Watch version uses your iPhone’s GPS to start tracking when you arrive at the site of a job and even sends you a notification when you’ve been paid.
Microsoft has been updating a lot of its Office apps for the Apple Watch and with the latest version of OneDrive, you can get your photos on your wrist. You can view your most recent photos and albums, delete images and search for files via tag. Support for other files isn’t included just yet, but would do much to increase the appeal of Microsoft’s cloud service.
Uber, British Airways & Thetrainline
Never be late for a meeting again. Order and track an Uber cab directly from your wrist, view flight information for British Airways (EasyJet also have an Apple Watch app), and get real time train information with Thetrainline, which can also give you directions to the nearest railway station.
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