This week, Microsoft has announced details of its upcoming Service Packs for Office on PC and Mac, Perceptive’s ImageNow integrates with Dynamics AX, Motive’s Cloud Vault is launched on Azure, Kofax releases Express 2.5 and Nuance releases its new PDF Connector.
Microsoft Announces Office, SharePoint SP1
Microsoft (news, site) will be releasing Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 (SP1) this week, which will provide increased stability, security and some new features to the suite — including improved Outlook syncing support — as well as some performance enhancements.
As a result, users will be able to sync calendars between Outlook for Mac and Apple’s Sync Services. This means that they can sync Outlook calendar as well as contacts, notes and tasks with any service or device that supports Sync Services, including iPhone and iPad.
Also, this week, Microsoft has announced that, nearly a year after the release of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010, it is getting ready to release the first Service Packs for each. Over the coming weeks, Microsoft says, it will be releasing details of what we will see in them, but it's offered some teasers as to what we should expect.
The SP for Office will contain language updates to the 40 languages it already supports, as well as grouping all the security releases that have filtered onto the market since its original release.
The release schedule will be made public at next month’s TechEd North America conference in Atlanta. Any changes to Office and SharePoint products are cumulative, so any updated packages that are shipped will contain Cumulative and Public updates to date.
Between now and the time of release, Microsoft says it will publish more details about the coming changes to Office 2010 suites, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office 2010 servers, Office Web Apps, Search Server 2010, SharePoint 2010 Products and FAST Search Server 2010. Interested in more on this?
Kofax Releases v2.5
Kofax (news, site) has announced Kofax Express 2.5, a new version of its scan-to-archive software package for less complex applications that makes it easier for users to scan, index and export documents for retrieval.
Kofax recently announced that it was selling its hardware business to German company Hannover Finanz for US$ 23.2 million, a decision it said was driven by its aim to focus on software development.
That decision already appears to be paying off dividends with this release, which is targeted at departments in enterprises as well as the SMB market, which, we have already seen recently, is beginning to spend on IT again. In this respect, the SharePoint certification is particularly judicious, as SharePoint spending is also one of the areas where growth is expected over the coming year.
M-Files Cloud Vault Runs On Azure
Another document management vendor that has been working the SMB space in the US recently — Motive Systems — has released a version of its cloud-based document management service M-Files Cloud Vault that will run natively on the Windows Azure cloud platform.
According to Motive Systems, which makes M-Files Cloud Vault, this is the first professional document management solution running on Azure.
The Windows Azure platform includes a cloud services operating system and a set of developer services hosted in Microsoft data centers that provide the functionality to build applications that span everything from consumer Web to enterprise scenarios.