This week, document management was only ever going to be about the official release of details around Office 2013, which Steve Ballmer unveiled at an event on Monday. Also this week, Alfresco enters alliance with Kodak, Docile takes capture to the cloud and Kofax upgrades Kofax Express.

Office 2013 Details

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office in an event on Monday.

The next release features an intuitive design that works with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets:

The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8,” Ballmer said at the launch.

So what has it got? In the press release notes around the announcement, some of the details of what is available were outlined:

Office at Its Best on Windows 8

  • Touch everywhere: Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse, enabling users to create and edit documents, or other content with finger touches.
  • Inking: Users can also use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features, handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text.
  • New Windows 8 applications: OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet.

Microsoft is also pushing Office as a cloud application. Features include:

  • SkyDrive: Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone.
  • Roaming: Once signed into it, all your personal settings will travel with you no matter what device you are working on.
  • Office on Demand: With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.
  • New subscription services: Available as a cloud-based subscription service along with automatic upgrades as well as new cloud services including Skype.

There’s a lot more to discover on this, and over the next few weeks as more details are teased out we will be looking at them in greater detail. Check out the new Office here.

Alfresco and Kodak In Alliance

Also this week Alfresco announced that it was entering into an alliance with Kodak. The alliance will help Kodak improve its already considerable array of content services that facilitate the rapid development and integration of solutions in areas like government records.

And while Kodak gets superior content management added to the data scanning and storage that it already offers, it looks like the main advantage for Alfresco is that it gets access to a whole bunch of new markets and businesses.

On top of this, as the demand for flexible document management increases, Alfresco’s document management software should quickly become a critical part of the Kodak public sector experience. Interested in more?

DocuLex Capture in the Cloud

Meanwhile, document management vendor DocuLex has announced the availability of the company's enterprise capture from the cloud.

According to DocuLex, WebSearch4.4.4 has been updated to meet user expectations for on-demand capture, from anywhere, at any time.

Users can access the capture component of WebSearch without any additional cost. They can securely scan and index documents directly into WebSearch without additional capture license purchases or click fees. WebSearch Capture supports all major scanner manufacturers, including Fujitsu, Kodak, Panasonic, Canon, Plustek and HP as well as all digital copier scanners such as Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox.

WebSearch is the document management component of Archive Studio. It is a secure, browser-based document management software that enhances internal and external collaboration, business process workflow and email archiving.

Kofax Upgrades Express

Finally this week, Kofax has announced a major update to Kofax Express, its basic batch scanning application. Kofax Express 3.1 now supports the same export connectors and API as Kofax Capture.

By using the same export capabilities as Kofax Capture, Kofax Express now supports the over 100 exports to enterprise content Management, business process management, databases, archives, workflow and process engines that have already been developed for Kofax Capture.

More importantly, custom exports developed with the Kofax Capture Export API are now compatible with Kofax Express. This means that any customer, developer or partner who modified or developed a custom export for Kofax Capture can use this same connector with Kofax Express. Other features include:

  • Custom Export API: Develop and deploy custom exports that are supported with both Kofax Capture and Kofax Express. Reuse your existing Kofax Capture custom exports with Kofax Express.
  • Validation Scripting: Leveraging VB.NET to create custom validation scripts for look-ups, business rules, error correction and assisted validation.
  • Intelligent Character Recognition: Kofax Express 3.1 now supports the extraction of hand print from documents and forms.

There’s more, too. If you’re interested, check it out here.