edLab Review: Wiggio
editor: Jason Mariasis - Jason@JasonMariasis.com www.JasonMariasis.com
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[The Good] This simple and intuitive yet powerful system allows students, faculty, and business people alike to easily work in groups. After creating a group in Wiggio people can 1) communicate via group email, text, or voice messages, 2) host web meetings, conference calls, and chatrooms, 3) store and edit files in one common folder, 4) keep track of tasks and resources, 5) and poll all group members. Best of all, anyone can get started using the system right away since, unlike other systems of its type, there's no learning curve and it's free!
[The Bad] Even though Wiggio offers many useful features, not all work properly in the current release. The To-Do list is faulty, as is the conference calling system and the document editing system. When compared with similar software packages such as Base Camp or ActiveCollab, Wiggio is not yet as streamline or as reliable. Wiggio also lacks components that many would consider crucial in group management software like adding milestones, sub To-Do lists, and due dates to tasks. The site could also use a new look at some point.
[The Bottom Line] Wiggio understands that group collaboration software should be focused around simplicity and usability as well as efficiency and has successfully built a group collaboration system with those ideas at its foundation. Once it adds a few more necessary capabilities and fixes current bugs, Wiggio will be far ahead of all competitors. In the meantime, Wiggio's has a lot to offer, all free of charge, and is highly recommended. Additionally, an updated version will be released next month, supposedly squashing current bugs!