These days it’s especially important to have a digital home where you can find everything you need for working from home and at your digital workplace. In our last blog article, “The perfect match: COYO extensions and plug-ins” (which you should definitely read), we explain how to make COYO even better with the help of plug-ins and which categories are particularly suitable for this purpose. In this article we take the next logical step and explain the difference between add-ons and plug-ins and how COYO Launchpad differs from them. Let’s go!
What’s the difference between plug-ins and add-ons?
Plug-ins extend existing software – in our case COYO. They are a type of interface that you can use to connect third-party systems and export them via COYO’s widget feature. Simply put, the plug-in makes third-party system functionalities available in your social intranet without sending users to another tool. This allows you, for example, to use plug-ins to integrate your shift schedules from Staffomatic, the latest company tweets, or current images from your Instagram account into COYO.
This is what a Twitter plug-in looks like:
An add-on, on the other hand, is a subroutine or technical extension developed specifically for particular software. For example, COYO for Microsoft 365 is an add-on that allows you to easily access the most important content from M365 while remaining in COYO. We have combined the two platforms to simplify your everyday work and offer you the best of both worlds. Pretty handy, hey? We also offer other add-ons, such as COYO for Google Workspace, COYO Multi-Language and white labeling for our COYO mobile app. You can thus find add-ons in several areas of COYO. For example, M365 is integrated with COYO’s events – through Outlook. In contrast, plug-ins are always found exclusively as a widget on the home page or on a global page, for example, an HR tool on the HR page or the Twitter plug-in on the home or news page.
Does the plug-in approach make COYO Launchpad obsolete?
No, because Launchpad is a useful collection of links that differs from plug-ins in some (important) aspects. Although employees can also easily access other systems from Launchpad, they cannot do so directly in COYO. By clicking on the respective link, users leave their social intranet – and do not, as is the case with the plug-in approach, remain in their digital home. Via Launchpad, you can, among other things, quickly switch to a Word document, access your favorite (external) news page or open the link to your favorite delivery service. Plug-ins, in contrast, are designed to allow employees to access information or processes without taking much of a detour. Since plug-ins are integrated directly into COYO, they are also in keeping with your social intranet’s corporate identity and are perceived as an integral part from the start (and thus actively used).
Here’s a brief overview of the various options:
1. Interface to connect third party system and playout via COYO’s widget feature
2. Found as a widget on the home page or on a global page (e.g.: HR plug-in on the HR page)
3. Can be used directly within COYO and significantly extend the social intranet
1. Subroutines developed specifically for particular software (e.g.: COYO for Microsoft 365)
2. Can be found in several areas of COYO rather than being limited to one page (e.g. Outlook events)
1. Collection of links that take you from COYO to other Internet sites or programs
👉🏻 Want to learn more about your individual options of using and extending COYO? Then feel free to contact us so we can help you find the ideal plug-in solution for your application.