Many of us have been getting used to working from home as result of the virus.
Despite the easing of lockdown, this has become the new normal for many.
National digital infrastructure platform CityFibre share its pick of the online platforms and apps for working from home.
For many, working from home has become almost ubiquitous, and for many it will be the first time they have worked from home.
To help keep you up to speed, we’ve listed our top ten apps. Whether it’s providing infotainment and education or supporting home working, all of these apps are designed to support people working or learning remotely.
1. Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is an online platform that is part of Office365.
The platform can be used for several different purposes, whether its socialising with friends, speaking with colleagues or holding online education classes.
Members can join an online conversation from anywhere – either in the form of a group chat or a video conference to teams of up to 10,000.
More impressive is the system’s ability to access, share, and edit Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files in real time – meaning no more frantic searching-for-files ever again ahead of an important meeting.
Masterclass is an online streaming website where subscribers can learn and participate in workshops taught by the world’s leading professionals.
The site includes online masterclasses in sports, cooking, business and much more held by individuals such as Gordan Ramsay, Serena Williams, Jodie Foster and Chris Voss.
Outsourcely is an online platform aimed at freelancers; the site connects freelancers with companies looking for external workers from customer support and data entry, to project managers, virtual assistants, recruitment and sales.
One of the best aspects of Outsourcely is that it aims to link individuals to companies who are looking for long-term workers, rather than those hiring for short-term projects – particularly important with more freelancers looking for work than ever before.
4. Focus Keeper Time Management
For self-confessed procrastinators, this app could help make your homeworking days more productive.
It is based on the Pomodoro Technique, which encourage users to focus their work efforts into timed 25-minute slots, allowing for a five-minute break between each burst of activity.
The app allows you to tailor your focus sessions and set goals around the number of focus periods you want to achieve each day.
Finally, Evernote could revolutionise homeworking life for those of us who don’t have access to a printer, or want to reduce their paper consumption.
It works by enabling users to save all of their ideas, notes, to-do-lists, and reminders in one place.
Even better, Evernote allows users to add notes in all sorts of different formats – typed notes, attachments, web clippings, or recorded memos – while also making them searchable.
These are just a few examples, but there’s plenty of quality resources and applications out there, all designed to help us be more efficient and stay informed and entertained.
At CityFibre, our goal is to bring future-proof digital connectivity to up to 8 million homes across the UK, enabling even more of the population to enjoy the high-speed, high-capacity internet that helps us enjoy these fantastic resources; and without the lag or buffering so many of us have grown used to.
Construction to build Peterborough’s full fibre network began in 2018 and, once complete, almost every home and business in the local area will be able to access gigabit capable services over full fibre.
Our networks, however, are about more than just bringing gigabit broadband services to residents. We also serve thousands of critical healthcare, education and community sites too, including hospitals, GP surgeries, community buildings, schools and council offices.
For more information about our Gigabit City Programme and our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit www.cityfibre.com