Many studies are showing the rise of mobile computing on both tablets and smart phones. For example, Forrester reports that by 2016, 375 million tablets will be sold globally and 760 million will be in use. In comparison it took PCs 20 years to reach that install base. Now 81 percent of firms expect to support tablets for employees. IBM projects that the revenue from this mobile commerce should rise to $31 billion by 2016. Wrike's own survey found that 80% of people work remotely at least a couple of hours per week.
To address this trend Wrike has launched brand new native apps for iPhone and Android to make quick and easy social project management available on the most popular smartphones. There is also a browser app for mobile platforms. The new mobile apps are free for all Wrike users.
These apps are more than personal productivity tools. They serve as a collaboration system to get members of distributed teams in sync. With the help of the new apps, iOS and Android users can access their tasks and projects on the go, monitor work progress, discuss issues in real time and accurately track working time. Wrike already had apps for iOS, but the new one provides much richer experience. They have designed the latest apps to look, feel and perform close to what their customers get when they use the full computer version of the project management software.
Among the most important features, Wrike's new mobile project management apps allow to view, schedule and share assignments on the go, create new tasks, check work updates in the Activity Stream, discuss work in real time and use the built-in time tracker. On top of this functionality, Wrike's native apps for iPhone and Android provide several handy mobile-specific features, including task reminders and push notifications.
This is a good move as tablets and smart phones sales now top PCs. I expect more software firms to make similar moves.