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Meet the future of Evernote: Hands on with Work Chat, Context and more

Liane Cassavoy | Dec. 12, 2014
Evernote's Android and iOS apps get even more useful with some cool collaboration and Web features.

Work Chat is nicely laid out in the mobile version, with easily identifiable icons visible when you've viewing notes and notebooks. Clicking it takes you to the main Work Chat interface, which you can also access from Evernote Mobile's homepage.

Before testing it, I was worried that Work Chat wouldn't work well on a smartphone screen, where space is limited. But I was pleasantly surprised with how roomy Work Chat actually felt when using it on an iPhone. Messages were easy to type and read, and the ability to message within Evernote--rather than exiting the app to send a text message or email--streamlines communication and collaborating nicely.

Adding Context
Evernote has always been a great tool for organizing all of the content you find and create. Now, it also helps you find more content with a new feature called Context. Available to Premium users ($5 per month or $45 per year), Context is available on the Mac, iPad and iPhone apps and is coming soon to the Windows and Android apps.

Context does just what its name suggests: It adds context to the information you've created. When you're viewing, creating, or collecting information in Evernote, the app searches partner sites for additional relevant information. Those sites include news sources like the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc., and TechCrunch. In addition, it also can display profiles from LinkedIn when a person's name is listed in a note.

I was impressed with how subtly Context is integrated into Evernote's iPhone app. The relevant links appeared in small fields across the bottom of my existing notes, and I had to scroll down to see them. I liked that it was my choice whether to view them, and I especially liked that they didn't take any screen real estate away from the notes I was viewing. The information displayed wasn't always useful to me, but the articles were relevant to the topics in my notes.

Evernote has managed to add several key features to its desktop and mobile apps, without losing its focus. It remains the note-taking, Web-clipping, and organizing app to beat, especially when you're on the go. And while it may be intimidating at first, once you dive right in and learn what it's all about, you may soon wonder how you ever lived without Evernote.


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