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Australia’s most popular cloud-based apps for work and play

The top digital tools professionals are using to work and communicate

New research by global workplace provider Regus, released today, has revealed the most popular tools for Australians working and commuting remotely.

The survey, which polled over 1,194 business decision makers and professionals in Australia, found that as a nation, Dropbox was the most commonly used online file-sharing service (69 per cent), followed by Google Drive (45 per cent) and TeamViewer (22 per cent).

The research also found that the most popular VoIP Messaging application was Skype, used by 66 per cent of respondents over the previous month. Messaging applications Facebook Messenger (54 per cent) and WhatsApp (38 per cent) followed.

The full list of popular apps included:

Top cloud software tools

Top messaging tools

Dropbox

69%

Skype

66%

Google Drive

45%

Facebook Messenger

54%

TeamViewer

22%

Whatsapp

38%

Microsoft remote desktop

20%

Viber

26%

Google Hangouts

19%

Snapchat

10%

Chrome remote desktop

10%

WeChat

7%

WeTransfer

6%

LINE

5%

LogMeIn Ignition

6%

MessageMe

2%

Apple remote desktop

6%

QQ

2%

GoToMyPC

4%

Tango

2%

Splashtop

2%

ChatOn

1%

Wyse PocketCloud

1%

Kakaotalk

1%

Source: www.regus.com.au

With a growing number of professionals working outside the main office at least some of the time, the use of remote working tools has radically increased. The sometimes challenging needs of remote workers have strongly driven the take up of cloud-based applications that provide users with cost-effective access to office tools wherever they are (84 percent).

Another challenge remote workers face is that of getting overlooked when they are not in the office. Instant Messaging tools and VoIP have revolutionised the way workers communicate and have helped remote workers show they are available, connected and immediately responsive.

Other key findings that revealed the reach and influence of online tools in the work environment included:

  • Respondents who worked for big businesses are more inclined to use Whatsapp (46 per cent) compared to small businesses (only 35 per cent).
  • 72 per cent of small business employees use Dropbox compared to only 58 per cent of large businesses.
  • Just 11 per cent of those questioned in Australia said they had not used an instant messaging tool in the past month.
  • Respondents working in the media and marketing sector were the highest users of Skype (74 per cent), followed by ICT (72 per cent) and the least likely was healthcare and medicine.

CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said: “With more businesses offering staff the opportunity to work remotely at least occasionally, online tools are helping to overcome some of the hurdles traditionally associated with working from outside the office. Cloud-based technology is bridging the gap whereby workers no longer feel out of touch with colleagues and unable to access documents on the company server.

The growth in instant messaging applications and document-sharing services is playing an enormous role in helping more people work flexibly, by enabling a reliable and secure way of connecting. This means that they can be fully operative even when they are not in the office and in fact, they can save time by working closer to home and therefore boost productivity.

“The office of the 1970s was built on paper, the office of the 1980s was built on computer software such as spreadsheets and word documents, the office of the 1990s was built on websites. Today, the office is built on cloud-based apps,” he said.

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Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,300 business centres in 850 cities and 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 2.1 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com.au