Tuesday, May 02, 2006

In Need of a Good Collaboration Tool

We all know email is currently the king of collaboration tools. Not that it's good at it but it's prevalent and familiar. Isaac Garcia followed up his The Good in Email post with The Bad in Email. His company makes a collaboration tool called Central Desktop. I checked it out briefly and unfortunately it didn't pass my 2-second first impression test. Here is the screenshot of right after you login.

As you can see, it's way too busy. Everything inside one workspace is seen here. I support a group of non-techie users. Confluence, which is a pretty good wiki product, is almost usable to this group. Central Desktop will not have a good chance here. Wiki's per page information unit is much more usable than per work space. I hope they continue to climb quickly on the usability ladder.