Hot! Central Desktop – The Simple, No-Cost Option

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Central Desktop is an application that is accessed over the internet so it means you don’t need any specialist software or knowledge of how to install and maintain such software, in order to be able to use it.This is a real bonus for small businesses and individuals who Central Desktopneed software to help them organise their day-to-day activities but don’t necessarily have strong IT skills.If you can browse the internet and use simple everyday applications like, Microsoft Word, Facebook and web-mail, you can certainly use Central Desktop.

Central Desktop has been built to allow you to manage your activities, set milestones, centrally store important documents and files and collaborate with others.The Central Desktopfunctionality is intuitive so it is quick and easy to get up and running with.With so much to offer, you might expect Central Desktop to be expensive.It isn’t!In fact, there is a forever free option that allows you to register and get many of the benefits of the application without ever having to pay a cent.

The free account option includes:

  • 5 users of the account – 3 internal (your team members) and 2 external (which could be a customer or supplier)
  • 1 Gb of storage – for uploading documents into your central storage area so that everyone concerned is looking at the same versions
  • 2 workspaces – Central Desktop organises your information into different types of workspace. If you want to manage activities and timescales, you would use a project workspace. If you wanted, for example, to create a database of you customer contact details, you would create a corporate database workspace.
  • Microsoft Office integration – Central Desktop works with Word, Excel and Powerpoint, allowing you to open, edit and save files created in Microsoft Office without having to leave the Central Desktop environment.
  • All the basic features of Central Desktop – including task management, user management, online calendars, file sharing, online spreadsheets, amongst others.

Registering takes just a matter of minutes and the interface is simple to use. In most cases, its apparent from looking at the screen where to click and what to type in, but if not, the help system is comprehensive. Online video tutorials are also available and, on registration, there’s an option to receive periodic hints and tips on getting the best out of Central Desktop and these really are, in many, cases useful.If your business or your need grows, it is quick and easy to upgrade your account to a monthly subscription and none of your existing information will be lost.The subscription accounts start at $99 per calendar month. Even if you have no need to collaborate with others, as an organizational tool for the individual, it can quickly become indispensable.

For those with little or no IT budget for expensive business and project management tools, Central Desktop really is a serious contender and is worth a little time to investigate.Once you’re up and running, perhaps like me, you’ll wonder how you managed without it!

Author

Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.

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