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14 Apple Watch apps to keep you productive

Some lucky folks are about to get their Apple Watch, and will need apps to put it to good use. These apps will make you more productive with a glance at the wrist.
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By James Kendrick on
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14 Apple Watch apps to keep you productive

Many anxious folks will soon be getting their shiny new Apple Watch. There are already thousands of Watch apps in the app store waiting for them.

Here are 14 apps designed to make the Apple Watch wearer more productive. Simply download the iPhone app to get Apple Watch support.

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Salesforce

The giant CRM firm is bringing an entire management system to the Apple Watch. Multiple views are presented on the watch to guide the work force’s efforts. Views include various analytics, sales overviews, and top open opportunities.

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Trello

The freeform project management app Trello comes to the wrist. Trello will allow the Apple Watch owner to check project due dates, add tasks, collaborate with team members, and see items recently accessed on the iPhone.

Get Trello

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​Cisco WebEx Meetings

The folks at Cisco have jumped onto the Apple Watch with functions for its popular WebEx Meetings service. The app allows starting and managing online meetings, muting/unmuting audio, and shows the list of attendees on the Watch.

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Evernote

This note-taking/ organizing/ information collecting app is everywhere, and is now on your wrist. With Evernote on the Apple Watch you can dictate new notes that are synced to the cloud in text, review recent notes, and get reminders.

Notes entered by voice are immediately available through Evernote on other devices.

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Good

The app from Good Technology takes advantage of the company’s EMM enterprise services to put secure Good Mail and calendar notifications on the wrist.

On the device management side the app for the Apple Watch supports Good's policy management, so the IT folks should be happy.

See ZDNet coverage

Get Good

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Slack

Collaboration app Slack is used by thousands of companies to keep teams working together. The Apple Watch app brings that to the little screen, with the ability to reply to DMs and get notifications of incoming communications from team members.

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HipChat

HipChat is used by over 40,000 companies as the real-time chat system is a favorite with workers. The Apple Watch app for HipChat allows replying to incoming messages by voice or emojis. A cool feature is you can hand off conversations to Macs or iOS devices when they get too much for the little watch screen.

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PowerPoint Remote

Microsoft has jumped on the Apple Watch quickly with PowerPoint Remote. The app turns the wearable into a handy remote control for PowerPoint presentations. From the Apple Watch presenters can keep track of presentation time, navigate through slides, view the current slide, and keep apprised of total slides.

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BetterWorks

The BetterWorks app for Apple Watch provides a window into the firm’s project-tracking and collaboration service for small business. The Apple Watch app allows team members to quickly see what they should be doing. It also shows messages from colleagues, providing a project-tracking and collaboration system on the watch.

See ZDNet coverage

Get BetterWorks

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Wunderlist

The popular iOS app that allows building lists that can be used for task and project management has come to the Apple Watch. Wunderlist on the wrist presents overviews of what needs to get done, and tasks can be marked complete on the screen.

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Omnifocus 2

Omnifocus 2 is a sophisticated task management system that lets the user build a custom solution. The Apple Watch app shows notifications from the full version, and task lists can be sent from the iPhone to the watch. The handy home screen shows tasks due today, those overdue, and those coming soon.

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Jiffies

Jiffies is a clever event clock that shows at a glance all events for the current day. Work and personal events show as curved lines around the clock face with the color denoting work or personal. A simple swipe gesture brings up an agenda in list form for diving into the details.

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Things

Things is a to-do list for both work and play. New tasks can be added by voice on the Apple Watch, and the user can create, edit, and mark tasks completed. Project lists can be sent from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to provide focus on all tasks that need to be done.

Get Things

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​Tempo Smart Calendar

This app is a full-featured calendar app that has views carefully designed for the Apple Watch. Tempo Smart Calendar presents a Today view that shows the schedule at a glance. New events can be dictated to the watch for easy entry.

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