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The 10 Hottest Collaboration Tools Of 2021 (So Far)

Gina Narcisi

After nearly a year and a half that showed the world just how crucial collaboration tools are, market leaders and specialists have been bringing their A games to the table in the form of UCaaS and video solutions packed full of features that users want.

Collaboration On Fire

Collaboration tools went from a “nice to have,” to a “can’t live without” in very short order last year as the pandemic sent millions of employees and students to work and learn from home. Collaboration tools, which include voice, video, chat, and content sharing, among a slew of other features, have exploded in popularity over nearly the last year and a half as a way to keep businesses running.

Leading collaboration software makers such as Microsoft with Teams, Zoom, and Cisco with Webex emerged quickly as the leading contenders in the space, but fellow unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) and videoconferencing providers quickly stepped up to the plate with their offerings to help keep teams connected, no matter their location. In fact, the UCaaS market jumped up 41 percent in 2020, with leaders Microsoft and Zoom sharing the majority of that growing market. The closest competitors, including 8x8 and Cisco Systems, also saw double-digit subscriber growth last year, according to Synergy Research Group.

From the largest collaboration leaders, to the UCaaS specialists that have built out their portfolios with new features and through partnerships, here are 10 of the hottest collaboration tools of 2021…so far.

For more of the biggest startups, products and news stories of 2021 so far, click here.  

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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