Imagine a world without social media. Seems easy if you try—and yet. Somehow it fills some need where it’s hard to imagine a connected world not having a way to publish your thoughts.
Spreadsheets and word processors feel similar. Decades of updates later, anyone who'd used the original VisiCalc or WordPerfect would still recognize their modern descendants.
What else? What are the most foundational software categories, the software that was most likely to be invented? And what categories are next, the newest apps or things you wish existed that in the future, we'll find hard to imagine living without?
Project Management, Email, CRM, Email Marketing
I think Slack/Team Communication is a newer category that we cannot live without. Same with Automation Tools (API Connectors)
Digital Asset Management. The creative hub for visually minded marketing teams.
Today - Password managers, Knowledge Management (notes/wikis), Communication (Slack).
In the future - Professional Relationship Management tools (PRMs).
Automation + integration tools—what is often now called iPaaS or Integration Platform as a Service—feel like a core category to me. Yahoo Pipes was one of the first options in this space, but today they're common enough that even iOS includes a built-in workflow automation tool, and either integrations with Zapier/IFTTT/and competitors or at least some level of built-in workflows is increasingly a standard feature for business SaaS.
Databases traditionally and warehouses today (i.e. Snowflake), are absolutely foundational. Seems obvious, but worth mentioning, especially because they have been historically important, but are only going to become more foundational in the future.
One I didn't see mentioned, which is, again, "old and new," would be calendar apps, both for individuals and businesses. Perhaps less important than email was early on, but becoming more foundational.
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