26 best free task management software for CIOs

CIOs managing teams, resources and budgets rely on software to make those processes smooth every step of the way. Task managers or project management software aims to do just that, to organise, collaborate and share documents, and essentially make CIOs and business user's lives simpler.

CIO UK looks at some of the best (and free) task management software in 2018.

This list will be updated regularly so if we've missed one you like, get in touch.

Read next: 7 best open source project management tools for CIOs

All listed are free or provide a free trial or package.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a great app for those small errands as it offers concise checklists and note-taking capabilities.

The app allows users to create to-do lists, set due dates and reminders for organising work schedules. This can save time and hopefully increase the user’s organisational skills.

Wunderlist is a collaborative free app for sharing lists and tasks which can increase communications, boost team collaboration and prioritise tasks.

Download it here

Zoho projects

Zoho projects

The free version offers an unlimited amount of users and 10MB of storage. Zoho projects can enable users to share documents within their team helping to monitor and keep track of tasks.

The app features charts and reports which makes it more visual appealing and creates a better engagement with staff.

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Pintask

Pintask

Pintask is a task and project management tool built on JavaScript which offers users customisable extensions such as 'Master of Dialogue' that lets you post comments on tasks, as well as many more.

A good alternative to Wrike and Wunderlist, both featured elsewhere in this slideshow, Pintask lets you set email reminders, create checklists and import data from web-based project management app Trello.

Each task is represented as a card allowing team members to view and share their project journey. Pintask also enables users to mirror a single card across multiple boards.

You can upgrade to a paid version and get hands-free time tracking that allows you to create timesheets and see how much time is spent on a given task. You'll also get access to the 'Spire Club', which acts as a support team to let you share ideas and build extensions.

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Centrallo

Centrallo

Available on iOS and Android devices, Centrallo enables users to create lists, projects and tasks.

This free app offers great functionality with its drag and drop interface allowing users to save articles, images and files. What’s more, it offers a generous 1GB of data storage.

Centrallo provides great collaboration through its sharing capabilities via email and direct link.

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Any.do

Any.do

Any.do is ideal for those wanting create to-do lists, assign tasks and set reminders.

This free app has an assistant feature which takes care of your work schedule and ongoing projects. Furthermore, it has a simple yet effective interface that allows you to share lists and assign tasks.

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Bitrix 24

Bitrix 24

This app is great for a startup with up to 12 users. Bitrix 24 enables users to delegate tasks, communicate through various platforms such as Skype to help manage work reports.

Bitrix 24 is available on tablet and mobile for users with free cloud storage for projects.

The free version includes Google Docs and MS Office enabling users to share, edit and view documents online.

Download it here

Producteev

Producteev

Producteev is a free community-based app which offers unlimited users and projects.

The programme has a pay upgrade offering personalised support and customisation of the apps appearance to suit each individual users.

Available for mobile, tablet and Android devices, Producteev can help CIOs categorise tasks and projects.

Download it here

Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk

Available on Android, iOS and Mac devices, Remember the Milk is a task management app which lets users create and manage to-do lists.

This free app allows you to prioritises tasks, share lists and schedule meetings, great for managing workloads. In addition, it sends users notifications through email, text and IM on upcoming deadlines.

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Todo Cloud

Todo Cloud

Todo Cloud allows users to share, comment and collaborate on their to-do lists via Facebook and Twitter.

The timeline feature allows users to categorise their tasks, user tags and work schedule while also integrating Dropbox and Google Drive to share lists.

It does require internet access but is available on iOS, Android and Mac devices.

Download it here

Taskio

Taskio

Taskio is a free task management tool that lets you assign tasks, schedule meetings and create to-do lists.

Available on iOS, desktop and macOS devices, Taskio has a great feature which takes care of your work schedule by categorising tasks in order of date and importance. It also allows you to create and prioritise subtasks, as well as delegate them to team members.

Its latest update has a full-sized calendar, new app design, as well as a friendlier interface. Taskio is free to use, although its premium version gives you unlimited access to features such as location detection and reminder alerts. Taskio Premium costs £7 per year.

Download it here

Freedcamp

Freedcamp

Freedcamp is ideal for CIOs creating several projects at the same time. The free app offers a great range of basic tools such as  task lists and sticky notes.

The calendar feature allows users to organise their work schedule, with tasks, milestones and events can be managed in one place.

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Easynote.io

Easynote.io

Easynote.io is great task management tool for those wanting to create unlimited lists.

It allows users to set task reminders, have follow ups and assign tasks. This is great for keeping track of time, receiving feedback and ensuring overall team collaboration.

The free version offers customer support with regular software updates to ensure overall security.

Download it here

To Do List

To Do List

To Do List is a popular task management app for those working to strict deadlines.

This free app lets you track and manage daily goals, projects and workloads. What’s more, it’s easy to set up and is available on Android, PC and Mac devices.

To Do List allows access to your files integrating OneDrive and OneDrive for business, great for collaboration and to stay on track with tasks.

Download it here

Trello

Trello

The app enables users to create charts and images enabling them to present their data in an engaging way.

Each task is represented as a card allowing team members to keep track of their project’s journey.

Trello also offers up to 10MB of free storage.

Download it here

Asana

Asana

Ideal for smaller teams with up to 15 users, Asana allows CIOs to track project from start to finish enabling teams to work productively in achieving results.

The simple yet effective design features a dashboard which can allow users to manage tasks, projects and conversations while also integrating Dropbox and Google Drive to share files.

Download it here

MeisterTask

MeisterTask

Limited to iOS devices, MeisterTask is great for CIOs wanting to assign tasks and track overall task progress.

This free app integrates Google Drive, Slack and GitHub meaning users can share and collaborate on project tasks.

Its project board feature enables users to personalise their workflow and organise tasks to ensure teams are working towards the same shared business goal.

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Evernote

Evernote

Evernote is available for web, Android and iOS allowing digital teams to brainstorm ideas, create timelines and receive feedback.

60MB of data is allowed per month for users integrating text, image and documents into project management.  Smaller data packages are available which will be best for startups.

Download it here

Redmine

Redmine

Redmine offers time tracking, project support, forums and email notifications to enable a smooth project journey.

Redmine provides a ‘how to’ guide with an online demo version available to those managing larger projects. This can save time and reduce costs for CIOs with employees having a trial run of the app to ensure easy use when the project tool is rolled out.

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Todoist

Todoist

Available on iOS, Windows and Android, Todoist is great for those wanting to work offline.

This free tool manages multiple projects through its colour-coding, labelling and filtering capabilities.

Todoist works across 10 platforms with users being notified via email, SMS or push notifications.  This is great for team monitoring, receiving detailed reports and delegating tasks to ensure project deadlines are met.

Download it here

Harvest

Harvest

This free app provides time tracking, reports and invoices to make sure projects are met and are on budget.

Harvest is available for web and mobile devices, this is perfect for smaller businesses with four clients or two projects per month. It boasts easy access without the need for training with an online demo available.

Download it here.

TrackingTime

TrackingTime

TrackingTime offers unlimited projects for up to three users, ideal for start-ups.

It has tracking feature which allows users to view monitor workflows, create projects and delegate tasks to team members. What’s more, it lets users add notes to entries which are great for receiving feedback, setting reminders and providing additional support to team members.

Its free version doesn’t include custom reports but does integrate with Chrome, Asana and Slack which offer analytics.

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GanttProject

GanttProject

GanttProject allows users to schedule tasks while also create charts and timelines.

The free service offers support for PDF, PNG and CSV exports which will save users time when converting files.

While the layout of the GanttProject is complex it does offer team monitoring and task assignment to ensure vital deadlines are met.

Download it here

Orange Scrum

Orange Scrum

Orange Scrum offers great collaboration joining people, process and technology to help manage tasks more efficiently.

It is totally customisable providing time tracking features, invoices and detailed analytics.

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Wrike

Wrike

Wrike will schedule, manage and create tasks for up to five users, ideal for smaller teams.

It ensures collaboration for its users through its sharing and messaging capabilities, while also integrating Dropbox, iCal and Google Drive.

The free version offers customer support while also sending detailed reports of the overall task progress.

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BamBam!

BamBam!

BamBam! offers a significant amount of flexibility and accessibility to users creating several projects at once. It also provides an unlimited amount of data for up to 10 users.

The app offers great customisation, which is ideal for creative CIOs.

Download it here.

Hitask

Hitask

Hitask is a task management tool that focuses on team collaboration and managing entire projects.

Available on desktop, Android and iOS, Hitask enables you to sync your projects over multiple devices, while also integrating with Google Tasks and Google Calendar. It also has a smart grouping feature which lets you organise your tasks by date, project and team members.

Although it is restricted to 500MB storage per team, Hitask's free version is for up to five users and offers an unlimited number of tasks and projects. It has a Business option which offers the same functions but with unlimited storage. Hitask Business costs £3.50 per user per month.

Download it here

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