Huddle is a content management and cloud collaboration application intended for enterprises. Users can share files across a firewall, collaborate and assign tasks and manage profiles that contain contact information. The user can also control security with document versioning, workflows, audit trails and enterprise class security. Security includes 99.9% uptime and SAS70 type II audit (similar to security used by governments). Mobile access is also available so users can access files and content with a Blackberry, Android, iPhone or iPad device. Users can manage projects by assigning tasks and filtering tasks by individual, team, due date or current status. Auto reminders help users stay on top of upcoming task deadlines. Companies can also customize the look of the application with branding and a secure Huddle URL.
Huddle was founded in November of 2006 by Andy McLoughlin and Alastair Mitchell. The application has received positive comments from users. The interface is appealing while the functionality includes a high level of detail and convenience. The user never has to download any software and can manage many aspects of their daily business to maximize productivity and efficiency. Some disliked how limited the free account is, however the application has a lot to offer a business that can accord to add Huddle to their budget.
Huddle has brought together a variety of features that any business or large team can appreciate. The application stands out by providing convenient collaboration tools that help users accomplish more, even when they cannot be in the same room together. The user can share updates and see what their team members are doing. The application also supports Blackberry, iPhone and iPad versions and integrates with LinkedIn and Ning.
The Huddle interface welcomes users to a clean, tidy environment that adheres to a high level of professionalism. There are hints of color throughout, including blues, greys and pinks. These help add a little variety to the viewing experience. The user can learn the interface relatively quickly. The organized layout sets the stage for better productivity. Overall the look of Huddle can be viewed as an asset to any company interested in giving it a try.
New users can sign up for Huddle by clicking the red “Try It Free” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. After clicking the matching “Try Huddle Now” button along the right side of the next page, the user is taken to the registration form. The form asks for a first and last name, email address, telephone number, company name, username and password. The user is advised that they must check their email inbox for an activation email. This must be accessed before the user can log in.
New users can sign up for a free 14 day free trial by creating an account. The trial includes file sharing, task management features, collaboration tools, customization options and branding. Users interested in purchasing an account can contact the Huddle sales team at the email addresses provided on the site. Two email addresses are provided, one for United States based users and another for United Kingdom based users.
Huddle is a helpful tool for companies that need an effective way to collaborate and manage tasks. The application includes a number of streamlined features that help team members work together to complete projects and improve products. Users can discuss projects and share files online, even across a firewall. Member contact details are stored in profiles that others in the company can access. Companies can also add branding to their Huddle account.