The company whose collection of products aim to "help the world remember everything" -- otherwise known as Evernote -- has announced the launch of Evernote Business, a collaboration and communication tool for small and medium sized businesses.
Since its initial launch in 2008, Evernote has been developing products to help people manage their time more efficiently. Some of its products include Skitch -- where users can make notes on documents, and Evernote Peek -- a study aid. In addition to an expansion to Asia earlier this year, Evernote also launched a beta business version.
During the beta launch of Evernote Business, the company stated that the number of businesses using its products had increased from 12 to 38 million cloud users within a year. It also found that small and medium sized Businesses (SMB’s) were looking for something that could not only improve colleague collaboration and communication, but could also be used as a research and discovery tool. Evernote answered this demand with Evernote Business, which was officially launched at the LeWeb Conference this week.
A Fully Collaborative Tool
With the full version of Evernote Business, users sync and view work documents through a variety of platforms, such as Mac, iPhone and iPads, Web, Windows and Android Devices. Files that can be uploaded include spreadsheets, presentations, notes and design mock ups. In addition, administrators can monitor company progress and individual employees through the admin console.
The Features of Evernote Business
There are three key features of the Evernote Business product.
- Business Notebooks: A business notebook is a collection of documents or information that the entire company can see. They can be shared individually or published on the company’s Business Library.
- Personal Notebooks: As their title suggests, Personal Notebooks is a private version of the Business Notebooks. If a user has a pre-existing Evernote account or creates one, then they can use this feature.
- Business Library: This is where information is transported from the Business Notebooks feature. While all current employees have access to this feature and can publish information from their Business Notebook, Administrators manage the library's content.
It's About What You Know
With this in mind, there are two components that Evernote uses to improve collaboration and communication and make this product useful to small and medium sized business -- Knowledge Collection and Knowledge Discovery. With Knowledge Discovery, Evernote wants to make sure that their customers have enough space to store files.
By using Evernote Business, they automatically get a Business Premium upgrade where they get features offered in all three Evernote products --Evernote Business, Evernote and Evernote Premium. With this upgrade Personal and Business Notebooks have an extra 2GB of data a month. With Knowledge Discovery, Evernote has made sure its product and related information is easily found by incorporating three key tools: the ability to search with the Evernote platform or on the web, browse through the business library and find related notes.
An example of the related notes function
Evernote Business is currently available for US$ 10/user per month in the United States and Canada. It’s also available in France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and the UK for varying prices.