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JOHANNESBURG - As President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national 21-day lockdown as of midnight, 26 March, many are having to get used to working remotely, which is not as easy as it may seem.

To help you ease into working from home, we've rounded up a list of five apps you can use on your computer and/or mobile phone to make sure your workflow is not interrupted.


Have a meeting to attend? No problem. Zoom is the go-to app for conference calls of all kinds.

It allows up to 100 people to join in on one meeting and allows users to share their computer's screen, message each other and share photos, web and Google Drive, Dropbox or Box files.

Get Zoom from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.


Not everyone feels comfortable using messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, especially if you already have a lot of groups calling for your attention.

Slack not only allows you to communicate with multiple people, but organise your conversations by topics and/or projects.

You can also integrate into your workflow the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more.

Get Slack from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.


Not using your work computer? You can access it via Chrome Remote Desktop.

It allows you to access any computer you use remotely. Set it up before you leave the office and you're sorted.

Get Chrome Remote Desktop on desktop, the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.


Get your tasks done and see what everyone else is working on - with timeframes.

Trello is a task board solution with boards, lists, and cards that enable you to organise and prioritise your projects in a fun, flexible way.

Get Trello on desktop from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.

This article first appeared on EWN : 4 apps to make working from home much easier

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