Organizations, remote or not, have always considered emails or mail communication to be a prominent mode for business communication. Email clients now-a-days are pretty much at parity with each other in terms of features. However, here are a few things that are an absolute must in email clients for business purposes:
- Easy-to-use and Quickly configurable: Companies need tools that can help be quickly setup and are easily configurable.
- Consistent interface: Whether emails are accessed via phone, desktop/laptop or web, the expectation is to have a consistent interface across platforms. A similar expectation is held for different OS’es as well.
- In-built features: Maintaining calendar, creating and sharing meeting invites, supporting different file types and categorizing mails as per relevance are some features that are 'must-haves' in a mail communication tool.
- Storage and Security: Secure cloud storage is already part of majority email clients today, however, companies usually do not hesitate to spend some extra bucks to sign up for a premium subscription that provides greater storage and/ or security.
For remote companies, as the organization grows, so does the complexity of communication. For team communication, tools such as Slack, Skype and Microsoft Teams are used. Additionally, enterprises use project management tools such as Trello and JIRA, and tools like Lumeer for resource scheduling, time tracking, invoicing and a variety of other activities. Thus, there is always some form of alternative communication happening across the organization that requires use of such tools. Modern mail communication services such as Mattermost and Outlook know this well and thus offer integration with third-party apps to facilitate communication that otherwise would be scattered across different platforms.
So let’s get to our list of handpicked mail communication tools for remote work.