All Things oDesk
January 28, 2010 by Guest Blogger

As you may know, we have been doing a lot of work on our core oDesk Team desktop application. We are excited to announce that as of tonight, all oDesk Team users are being prompted to download oDesk Team 3.

oDesk Team has gotten a complete overhaul, on Windows, Mac, and Linux. And, it’s not just for providers anymore – in addition to its original time tracking function, oDesk Team is now a virtual office, giving buyers useful new tools to make online work and management more successful.

For Buyers

  • Always-on visibility into your entire team. See who’s “in the office” right now, and what they’re working on.
  • Chat! Instantly reach everyone in your team on one integrated platform. If they’re billing time, you can reach them.*
  • Single launch point to oDesk tools. oDesk Team gives you links to the oDesk Work Diary, Reports, Tasks, and other oDesk tools directly from your desktop.
  • Screensnap and ShortURL. Screensnap allows you to capture, annotate and instantly share screenshots right from the desktop; ShortURL converts long URLs to short ones for easy sharing over chat or email.

For Providers

  • The same automatic time tracking you currently enjoy, with some usability enhancements. Easily bill time to your buyer(s) and enjoy the oDesk payment guarantee with our “zero-click invoicing”.
  • Chat! Instantly reach everyone in your team on one integrated platform.*
  • A feeling of being in the same office as your colleagues. With the Team Room on your desktop, you get a real-time view into who is at work and what they’re working on, so you can connect, converse and collaborate.
  • Screensnap and ShortURL. Screensnap allows you to capture, annotate and instantly share screenshots right from the desktop; ShortURL converts long URLs to short ones for easy sharing over chat or email.

* A team member must be running oDesk Team 3 to participate in chat.

Download oDesk Team and let us know what you think in our feedback forum.