This week Microsoft and Google started popping at each other again over Office, Laserfiche gets data mining in v8.3, SeeUnity offers iPad access to SharePoint documents and Open Text eDOCS, while Idera offers document encryption to SharePoint users.

Microsoft vs. Google Docs

After what seems like a relatively quiet January in the document management space, we’re right back to business-as-usual in February with Microsoft taking yet another pot shot at Google Docs, and Docs' ability to deliver Office documents the way they were intended.

In a truly cringe-worthy YouTube video which, if there was any justice, would see Microsoft banned from ever producing a YouTube video again, Microsoft makes the point that there is something really missing in Google Docs.

If you don’t believe how bad the video is, you can check it out at the end of this piece, and was published on an official Microsoft blog post that is decidedly better than the video by Tom Rizzo of Microsoft.

For users to get their point across, Rizzo argues, style matters and users need to send out a complete message. They need to have all of the pieces of their message, including charts and images. They also want to have the right look and feel. Rizzo calls this the “fidelity” of the document.

According to Rizzo, when you share Office documents with Google Docs, here are some of the things that can happen:

  • Critical information in Excel spreadsheet cells disappear.
  • Documents lose their charts
  • Tracked changes disappear and the "Comments" are not tied to the sources 

The alternative, he says, is Office Web Apps, where he can retrieve, edit and share Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents using either Windows Live SkyDrive or SharePoint.

There’s a lot more of the same in the post, but worth a look. This is not the first time we have heard complaints about Google Docs, but it’s not like we haven’t heard complaints about WebApps, either.

All it really goes to show is that it’s a matter of preference, really, on which suite you use; and more to the point, we’re right back to business as usual between Google and Microsoft after the season of Good Will over the Christmas. Rock on, 2012!

iPad Access to OpenText, SharePoint

Also this week, SeeUnity has announced the release of SeeUnity Mobile for the iPad, which will enable OpenText eDOCS and SharePoint users to browse, search, access, and download content for offline editing -- all from the iPad.

With it, users have access to one or more repositories from their iPad tablets.

Most critical user functionality is preserved, including the ability to browse, search and have access to documents and metadata. Documents can also be opened and edited in compatible iPad apps of choice.

Features include:

  • Access to one or many eDOCS document libraries and SharePoint sites
  • View document content and metadata, including eDOCS profile data
  • Search eDOCS libraries using full-text and or profiles
  • Quick-access favorites list of frequently accessed items

Microsoft SharePoint and OpenText eDOCS are supported for use on the Apple iPad with the currently available release, with support for additional enterprise CMS systems and devices to follow. A free evaluation version of SeeUnity Mobile is available online at the iTunes store.

Laserfiche Gets Data Mining

One of the highlights of the week was Laserfiche’s announcement that Datawatch has joined the Laserfiche Professional Developer Partner (PDP) program.

The Laserfiche PDP offers Laserfiche customers third-party integrations and configurations that don’t come with its products. With this, they have access to Datawatch’s Monarch Report Mining service.

The addition will provide users with a means of "mining" business intelligence out of information that is already contained in their repositories, including structured, semi-structured and loosely structured data, wherever it resides in the Laserfiche system.

SharePoint Document Encryption

Meanwhile, SharePoint administration vendor Idera has announced the release of Idera SharePoint encrypt, which offers content encryption to protect SharePoint documents as well as the underlying SharePoint and Microsoft SQL Server systems from unwanted access and to ensure regulatory compliance.

Idera SharePoint encrypt uses CipherPoint technology to provide an encryption solution for Microsoft SharePoint environments, combining encryption and key management to secure sensitive content on SharePoint servers.

It enables security administrators to specify user access lists that differ from the basic SharePoint permissions setup and keeps files secure from unauthorized users, including Windows and SharePoint administrators. Idera SharePoint encrypt will be available next month.