Atlassian JIRA is a collaboration application that aims to bring the power of group collaboration online. Traditionally, the collaboration tools have been web based and have required complicated set ups and IT support, making it inconvenient for a wide variety of business types. With JIRA, all you need to get started is a web browser and a password. With no complex set up, anyone can create a new JIRA instance and start collaborating with the rest of the world in no time.
If you are familiar with Microsoft Office Online or other similar applications such as OneNote, you will find that JIRA is very similar to these popular platforms. The biggest difference is that there is no download or installation required. Once you have it installed, you can immediately begin to collaborate on documents and projects thanks to built in searchable archives. In addition to being able to search for documents that have already been created, you can also search for documents that need to be edited or added, and even collaborate on one document with another business or individual.
One of the best parts about JIRA is its integration with Microsoft SharePoint. This means that not only can you easily collaborate on documents and projects online, but also that you can collaborate with the other participants in your organization via the social media platform. While JIRA is primarily intended for small to mid size businesses, it has quickly become a staple of many larger organizations' collaboration tools, and is expected to eventually completely replace them within the next few years. If you want a free, quick way to get started with collaboration and document storage, then JIRA should be considered. The only real downside to JIRA is that it does not yet support document export, which means that unless you are working on a completely new document format, you will not be able to export your work over to another version.