The Nuts and Bolts: Activity Stream, Tasks and Calendar
Rated 4 out of 5, or Good
In order to take this software out for a ride, I entered my own information and created an alter ego (so that I could invite myself using a secondary email address) named Queen of Sheba. I added a few other people, too, and created two projects, one for employee training and one in preparation for an accreditation site visit.
The Activity Stream really is like Facebook, showing a constant list of your activities and communications throughout the day. Your colleagues can add comments to your entries, and they can opt to follow any of the various entries you make so that they can be updated whenever there’s a new comment or activity on a specific task or event.
Below the Activity Stream label on the left-side panel you’ll see Tasks. Click on Tasks and you can view your current tasks and create new ones. Look on the right-hand side to see all tasks or use the filters to view only subcategories of tasks. You can export your tasks to Excel or Outlook, too, by the way.
Your Calendar comes next. Enter events directly on the calendar, or let the calendar pick up dates from your created tasks. It will show a stripe for each task and event that you’ve entered, and you can color-code them. Once you’ve added colleagues, you can ask them to share their calendars with you also. A wonderful feature is the ability to synchronize the Bitrix24 calendar with your preferred desktop or mobile calendar or even the Mac OS. For this you will click on Add, and from the drop-down window (for Windows) choose the CalDav option. From the image below you can see the string you must type in, and the calendar shows my Google events in green and the Bitrix24 entries in salmon.