In the document management space this week, Alfresco announced that later in the week it will be releasing Enterprise 4, Microsoft announced the public beta of Office 15 for the summer, Colligo got legal at LegalTech, Rioch bought HSSK and M-Files can now be used on mobile devices.

Alfresco Enterprise 4

We can’t go into the details yet, as they have to be kept under wraps until Thursday, but we can say that on Thursday Alfresco will be releasing what Todd Barr, CMO at Alfresco, told us is going to be a really significant release.

We’ve had a preview of Enterprise 4 and it does look extremely cool. From the Alfresco website itself, we can say that it takes document editing firmly into the mobile space as well as offering the possibility to:

  • Use the productivity tools of choice with smart integrations into Alfresco
  • Connect and publish content to cloud services
  • Collaborate with users outside of the firewall, with Alfresco in the cloud

It also comes with improvements to indexing, administration and extensibility as well as the flexibility to scale up and out when necessary. Watch this space on Thursday.

Office 15 Beta

Another new release scheduled for this year will be the full public beta release of Office 15, due sometime in the summer.

Microsoft's Office blog has announced that version 15 of the almighty productivity suite has hit tech preview status. That means that its time to start testing it in real-world offices and enterprises to see how it gets on with live data, servers and users.

There are a batch of updates in this version, bringing collaboration, mobile and web together in one package. As the post states:

With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before."

Colligo Gets Legal

Email and document management vendor Colligo has announced the release of the Colligo Legal Pack, a SharePoint-based bundle designed for law firms and legal departments deploying SharePoint as a client/matter-centric legal document management system (DMS).

The Legal Pack builds on Colligo’s SharePoint apps and administration tools, adding legal-specific features, integrations, and SharePoint configurations.

The Colligo Legal Pack includes Colligo Email Manager for email management using Outlook and SharePoint, College File Manager that offers document management for SharePoint using Windows Explorer and College Briefcase, a SharePoint app for Apple iPod  with upgraded security features.

M-Files Is Mobile

M-Files has also been busy in the mobile space and recently announced support for the Windows Phone 7.5, also known as "Mango."

Windows Phone 7.5 users can use M-Files Mobile Access to retrieve documents stored in centralized repositories, whether cloud-based or via on-premise servers behind company firewalls.

In addition to supporting Windows Phone 7.5, M-Files Mobile Access is also available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Symbian S60.

M-Files eliminates the need for chaotic Windows folders by organizing documents using simple tags and keywords. With M-Files, users store documents in a centralized vault, the same as they would on any other hard drive on their system or network, but rather than repeatedly searching for the right folder, users save documents to the vault and tag.

Rioch Buys HSSK

Finally this week, Ricoh has announced that it is looking to extend its reach in the e-Discovery market with the announcement that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire HSSK Forensics.

On closing the deal, Ricoh will gain HSSK Forensics' Remlox Remote Acquisition technology and the HSSK Forensics lab in Houston, the first private computer forensics lab accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB).

Ricoh will integrate Remlox and the HSSK Forensics lab as part of Ricoh's e-Discovery suite of services, expanding its technology and service offering in computer forensics.

Used in 35 countries, the Remlox technology is designed to create a sector-by-sector forensic image of a laptop or desktop computer, allowing custodians to gather and transmit evidence without sending computer forensic experts to the client's premises. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.