Evernote is the workspace for your entire workday. It’s with you from desk to meetings to business trip, and everywhere in between. Of course, it’s never just about doing the work, it’s about getting the best results. For that, we need the help of our team. They help correct course, refine ideas, and fill in the gaps.
But, there’s a problem. Today, the connections between working and communicating are loose. Why should you have to drop what you’re doing in Evernote and be sucked into another app to get the answers and feedback you need? Or, worse yet, draft an email that your teammates might read in a few hours (or days) and wait until then to pick up your work again?
It doesn’t need to be this way. Your workspace should foster the collaboration and communication you need. Your work should be improved by the very tools you use to do it. That’s why we’re building Work Chat, to make Evernote the workspace where your team’s best ideas develop.
Work Chat lets you discuss your work with the individuals that will help you get it done, right in Evernote. Share notes and notebooks, exchange ideas, and get feedback from colleagues in an instant. You can share and collaborate with as many, or as few, people as you like. The notes and notebooks that you reference will show up in the chats so that they’re easy to open and find.
To make all of this work beautifully, we’ve enabled read/write sharing of single notes and opened read/write notebook sharing to all users. Plus, when you email a note to someone, it’ll show up in Work Chat so you have a permanent communication history.
When we decided to introduce the concept of ‘people’ into Evernote, we knew that the best decisions come from a combination of communication and awareness—an ambient knowledge of what your team is working on. It’s like popping your head over your monitor to ask what your neighbor is up to.
There’s an important connection built through knowing what others are working on. That’s how it is in real life, so that’s how it should be in Evernote.
Soon, you’ll notice that shared notes and notebooks will show the faces of your teammates. These faces indicate that the individuals are actively engaged with the content that you both have access to. The fascinating aspect of this feature is that it’s not just happening within the note that you’re currently viewing. You’ll see these images in your note and notebook lists. This tells you that a colleague is working on something even if you’re not looking at it. All of a sudden, you have a reason to start a conversation in Work Chat or review what they’re adding. All without ever leaving your workspace.
This is a major new step in Evernote’s development. We’ve spent years building a great product for individuals, and in November we’re adding a truly collaborative, social component that will improve the quality of your work. Work Chat is coming soon to all major desktop, web, mobile, and tablet versions of Evernote. Stay tuned.