DeskAway: Online Collaboration for the Little Guys
If you’re in the market for a new collaboration service, here’s one straight from Mumbai that might strike your fancy.

DeskAway, designed for smaller teams and businesses, was created in response to the belief that e-mail is “just so old-school.” The tool is a subscription-based, Web project collaboration service that provides teams a central location to organize, manage and track their projects.

Up and Away

DeskAway was initially launched at the end of 2007, so it picked up most of its speed in 2008. Notables include a spot on Mashable’s list of 270+ tools for running an online business and being listed as one of the top 30 hottest startups in India by Tata NEN.

Says the team of their product: “We believe that we have something unique to bring to this industry - an online service that is simple to use, feature-rich, and affordable, backed by responsive and personalized support.”


DeskAway features a lot of the functionality we’ve come to know and love about collaboration services:

  • Project Listings: Group a shared-activity into a project and track it online from anywhere
  • Project History: Helps you and your team get real-time updates on all your projects from the last 30 days. Every team member in your project can now keep up with whats happening within the project. Project History is permission-based. You (or anyone else) will not see stuff that is not shared or accessible by you.
  • Time sheets: Help you and your team log time within a project. All Time Sheets can be printed or exported to a spreadsheet
  • Docs (wikis!): Allows you and your team to store Word-like documents within your projects that can be updated in real-time. Docs are great for storing project ideas, how-to guides, project documentation, program specs etc. addition to some other cool stuff like a task list, recurring tasks, a discussion forum, a calendar, a blog, status updates and project templates (plus lots more). The team behind the tool also touts frequent free and automatic updates, secure servers, and zero e-mail clutter in their list of reasons to try them out.

It's Nothing New, but it's Cheap

You know this story; it’s similar to that of 37signals’ Basecamp and Zoho Projects. But DeskAway targets a smaller audience, and therefore asks for a smaller amount of money. With a free account users can manage 3 projects with 5 users, and can store files up to 25MB. Monthly paid subscription plans come in various shapes and sizes, but the most expensive is still only $99 per month.

Looking for something fast and easy? DeskAway could be your answer. Sign up here and let us know what you think. If you need more convincing, hang around DeskAway’s blog, as the team updates the service at least once a month.