Salesforce Launches Free Task Management Tool Do.com
There definitely isn’t a dearth of web-based task management solutions on the market today. From basic tools like Remember the Milk to professional, more project-management-oriented solutions for teams like Producteev or Basecamp, the current crop of tools covers virtually every aspect of keeping you and your team organized. With Do.com, Salesforce, which is better known for its enterprise CRM solutions than free tools, wants to offer users a free “prosumer” task management solution that is geared more towards small businesses and individual users.
Do.com was developed on top of Salesforce’s own Heroku cloud-computing platform and is written in HTML5. Thanks to this, the web app works well on iPads and other tablets, though there is also a native app for the iPhone already (with an Android app planned for next year).
Do.com is currently in private beta. You can request an invite on do.com or look around the net for invite codes.
Solid Feature Set With Smart Google Docs and Gmail Integration
Do.com should be especially appealing to users who current use Google’s cloud-based solutions, as it integrates nicely with both Gmail and Google Docs. Files from Google Docs, for example, can be attached to tasks with just a few clicks, making Do.com a nice platform for collaborating around them.
While flexible enough to accommodate most task management philosophies, the apps should be quite appealing to those who follow the popular Getting Things Done methodology, as it allows you to break tasks down into manageable chunks.
Free Tools from Salesforce?
Salesforce isn’t exactly known for making free tools. I first heard about Do.com when I talked to Saleforce VP Sean Whitely at the company’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco earlier this year. At the time, he also acknowledged that doing a free product like Do.com was somewhat of an anomaly in the company’s ecosystem. The app, however, is also meant to work seamlessly with Salesforce’s standard CRM solutions and could become somewhat of a gateway to bring new users to the company’s paid solutions for businesses.
Overall, Do.com feels like a solid task management solution. There isn’t anything revolutionary here, but if you’re looking for an easy to use tool for managing small teams, it’s definitely worth a try (especially given that it’s free).