Communication Tools

The Communication Tools section of Open Source Internet provides the best free online tools and services for communicating across the internet. This includes: email, VoIP, chat, collaboration, and file transfer tools.

Tabzon

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Online Collaberation - TabzonVisit Site: Tabzon

Cost: Free

Comments: Free online collaboration tool.

Description: Tabzon is a free online in-out board designed to help you keep track of friends & colleagues.

StatusNet

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Online Collaberation - StatusNetVisit Site: StatusNet

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source social software.

Description: StatusNet is a free and open source microblogging platform. It helps people in a community, company or group to exchange short (140 characters) messages over the Web and a variety of other mediums.

Sync.in

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Online Collaberation - Sync.inVisit Site: Sync.in

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: Sync.in is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone’s screen.

Cyn.in

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Online Collaberation - CynapseVisit Site: Cyn.in

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source collaboration software.

Description: Cyn.in is a collaboration software that inter-connects your people with each other and their collective knowledge, seamlessly.

OpenMeetings

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Online Collaberation - OpenMeetingsVisit Site: OpenMeetings

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source web conferencing app.

Description: OpenMeetings is a free browser-based software that allows you to set up instantly a conference in the Web. You can use your microphone or webcam, share documents on a white board, share your screen or record meetings.

Vyew

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Online Collaberation - VyewVisit Site: Vyew

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free accounts allow up to 10 participants.

Description: Vyew allows you to meet and share content in real-time or anytime. Upload images, files, documents and videos into a room. Users can access and contribute at anytime.

CodePlex

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Online Collaberation - CodePlexVisit Site: CodePlex

Cost: Free

Comments: Free hosting site for open source projects.

Description: CodePlex is Microsoft’s free open source project hosting site. You can create projects to share with the world, collaborate with others on their projects, and download open source software.

TitanPad

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Online Collaberation - TitanPadVisit Site: TitanPad

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source tool for collaborating on a document.

Description: TitanPad lets people work on one document simultaneously. We are rescuing EtherPad for your use.

Meetin.gs

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Online Collaberation - MeetingsVisit Site: Meetin.gs

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free accounts allow up to 6 participants.

Description: Meetin.gs is a web and mobile meeting organizer that helps professionals run better meetings in a smarter way. Sure-fire tools and a guided process bring the benefits of online collaboration to both online and offline meetings. Meetin.gs provides organizers with a dedicated online meeting space for efficient scheduling, material sharing and agenda setting.

FreeConferenceCall

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VoIP & Chat - FreeConferenceCallVisit Site: FreeConferenceCall

Cost: Free

Comments: Free with registration.

Description: Free conference calls are simple and easy to use, requiring only a name and an e-mail address to receive an instant account.

FileZilla

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File Transfer - FileZillaVisit Site: FileZilla

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source FTP Client.

Description: FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

Pando

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File Transfer - PandoVisit Site: Pando

Cost: Free

Comments: Free file sharing software.

Description: Pando is a free file sharing software that makes downloading, streaming and sharing large media files fast, easy and fun. Need to email large attachments, IM a folder, or publish your downloadable videos to the Web? Meet Pando.

Thunderbird

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Email Tools - ThunderbirdVisit Site: Thunderbird

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source email app from Mozilla.

Description: Software made to make email easier. Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize – and it’s loaded with great features!

BrandMyMail

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Email Tools - BrandMyMailVisit Site: BrandMyMail

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium accounts available.

Description: BrandMyMail is a service that transforms emails before they are delivered to recipients: emails that you send using the BrandMyMail service, pass through our servers, where your templates are applied, and are then sent to their final destination through your SMTP server. We don’t deliver emails to their final destination using our server.

Webmail

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Email Tools - mail2webVisit Site: Webmail

Cost: Free

Comments: Free service for viewing email anywhere.

Description: With mail2web.com you can check your email from anywhere using our Webmail service. No registration required and we never share your information with anyone. Just enter your email address and password!

LetterMeLater

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Email Tools - LettMeLaterVisit Site: LetterMeLater

Cost: Free

Comments: Free service for sending email at a later date.

Description: LetterMeLater.com allows you to send emails at any future date and time you choose. A handy feature missing from email services is the ability to say when an email gets sent – you must click the “send” button at the exact moment of delivery.

Tonsho

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File Transfer - TonshoVisit Site: Tonsho

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free account includes up to 250MB of storage space.

Description: Tonsho is an email service which specializes in allowing you to easily send large email attachments – one large file or many, up to 5 GB in size. Tonsho doesn’t require any special software for the sender or the receiver – their usual email programs (such as MS Outlook) are used.

JustBeamIt

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File Transfer - JustBeamItVisit Site: JustBeamIt

Cost: Free

Comments: Free file transfer service.

Description: JustBeamIt is a beta service that makes transferring files an snap. drag ‘n drop your files to transfer anywhere on the page.

Asana

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Online Collaberation - AsanaVisit Site: Asana

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Up to 30 members for free.

Description: We do things together by aligning our energy towards a common goal, breaking the effort into parts, then marching towards the goal as one. But too often, the friction of coordination, of communicating the right amount of information, to the right people, at the right time, in the right place, gets in the way.

Hashwork

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Online Collaberation - HashworkVisit Site: Hashwork

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free plan includes up to 1GB of storage.

Description: Hashwork is a social business tool which helps your company adapt to this change in two ways: Hashwork provides a social presence on the web for your company and your community of employees, customers, prospects and partners, and Hashwork equips everyone in your company to “work socially,” by connecting and sharing Twitter-style with customers, partners and others on the internet.

Yammer

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Online Collaberation - YammerVisit Site: Yammer

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Lite version with basic network available for free.

Description: Yammer brings the power of social networking to your company. Yammer is as easy to use as great consumer software like Facebook and Twitter, but is designed for company collaboration, file sharing, knowledge exchange and team efficiency.

Socialcast

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Online Collaberation - SocialcastVisit Site: Socialcast

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Up to 50 users for free.

Description: Socialcast is the enterprise social platform that connects people to the knowledge, ideas, and resources they need to work smarter. Socialcast unifies communication and collaboration across the organization into one streamlined flow of work by integrating a robust social layer within the business applications and systems people use every day.

Pidgin

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VoIP & Chat - PidginVisit Site: Pidgin

Cost: Free

Comments: Free chat client.

Description: Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.

Digsby

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VoIP & Chat - DigsbyVisit Site: Digsby

Cost: Free

Comments: Free IM client, email notification tool, and social networking tool.

Description: Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list.

Rapportive

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Email Tools - RapportiveVisit Site: Rapportive

Cost: Free

Comments: Free Google Chrome extension for Gmail.

Description: Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox. You can immediately see what people look like, where they’re based, and what they do. You can establish rapport by mentioning shared interests. You can grow your network by connecting on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more. And you can record thoughts for later by leaving notes.

WiseStamp

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Email Tools - WiseStampVisit Site: WiseStamp

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free lite version available.

Description: WiseStamp’s vision is to build an Email Apps Platform that enables users to utilize their emails with social, productive and engaging Email Apps. There’s a huge gap between email and the social and dynamic web of today.

Cryptocat

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Encrypted Comms - CryptocatVisit Site: Cryptocat

Cost: Free

Comments: Free software for encrypting private messages.

Description: Cryptocat is an instant messaging platform that lets you easily have private conversations with friends. Messages are encrypted before leaving your screen and are protected from being viewed by any third party, even from us.

AbiWord

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Office Suite - AbiWordVisit Site: AbiWord

Cost: Free

Comments: Free word processing program.

Description: AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.

Passpack

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Password Manager - PasspackVisit Site: Passpack

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Both free and premium plans are available for this web-based application. Free plan includes up to 100 passwords.

Description: Passpack gives you the tools to organize your passwords all in one place, the way you want them, with tags. For example, your Amazon.com password can be tagged both “shopping” and “books”.

Free FTP

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File Transfer - Free FTPVisit Site: Free FTP

Cost: Free

Comments: Free File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client.

Description: What do you want in an FTP client? If your answer is “simple and reliable file transfers,” you’ve come to the right place. CoffeeCup Free FTP gives you all the great FTP features you’d expect from CoffeeCup Software without all that extra stuff.