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How to work seamlessly across multiple devices

Paul Mah | March 20, 2014
Employees who used to burn the midnight oil at the office now get to do so from the comforts of home, thanks to the proliferation of personal laptops, tablets and smartphones. Getting files to appear on and sync with multiple devices can be challenging, but a little bit of advanced planning can go a long way.

For its part, Gmail also offers contacts and calendaring on top of email messaging. Of course, you don't get your own domain unless you pay for it, though one trick may be to forward emails from your corporate email address to your free Gmail account. Organizations that need more storage and customer support can look to Google Apps for Business, which is available for a monthly price of $5 per user, or $10 per user if you want additional archiving and data retention capabilities.

Using Multiple Devices an Evolving Process

There will always be apps - such as computer-assisted design, media encoding or client-server business apps - that won't run well without the presence of a powerful workstation or specialized hardware. However, you may still track the progress of a particularly large batch render, or even punch out that order on the legacy ERP system, with appropriate remote access software. Indeed, a new generation of apps such as Parallels Access offers the ability to "applify" conventional desktop apps to better suit the touchscreen interface of the iPad.

Ultimately, working on multiple devices is a constantly evolving process. Form factors change, as do important specifications such as battery life and capabilities. With some thought and adaptation, however, you can take your BYOD strategy to the next level whether you're using a PC desktop, Mac laptop, iPad Air or Android tablet.


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