Social software provider NewsGator and Vizit, a social collaboration solution provider for SharePoint, announced that they've integrated their software to improve viewing, commenting and conversation abilities for SharePoint users.

How does it work? The companies provide an example of a 30-member project team whose leader learns about an important new analyst report that will affect the team's initiatives, explaining:

Instead of simply posting a link that will drag users to a lengthy document in a SharePoint library, the project leader can post a link powered by Vizit. The team can not only view the document in their Social Sites activity stream, but go straight to the paragraph that's central to their work. And instead of opining about a document no one's looking at, they can conduct a discussion in the same window as the key paragraph. In the end, the team will have spent less time looking for the document, opening it, wading through it and misinterpreting it."

So basically, within NewsGator you can open a document, and do things like add social footnotes, discuss the content and changes within the context of the actual document, all without leaving the SocialSites environment. Goodbye downloading, switching apps to read then comment -- it sounds pretty good. The solution is called the NewsGator Connector and you can read more about how it all works on the Vizit site.

In October 2011, we covered a study that shows SharePoint 2010 is being used by a large number of enterprises for content management. Applications built on SharePoint that improve its functionality will only help bolster these numbers.

Social Sites

NewsGator Social Sites 2.0 v2 rolled out last May with new microblogging capabilities, such as the ability to send private messages and share events from the Activity Stream, flow posts for follow up and view top news, create personal subscription feeds and add new filters for searches. Email integration, community templates and architecture improvements were also unveiled.

In June 2011, NewsGator released a module for Badging & Recognition and Expertise Discovery, which gives organizations the ability to score and reward employers for positive behavior.

Vizit

While NewsGator was rolling out Social Sites 2.0 v2, Atalasoft was spinning off Vizit. Kofax bought Atalasoft for an initial cash payment of US$ 4.7 million, but the deal didn't include Vizit, which spun off to continue developing its content visualization and social collaboration software for SharePoint.

Vizit and NewsGator aren't the only companies enhancing SharePoint. Last week, Quest released SharePoint Administrator. Keep an eye on our site for more SharePoint coverage as new solutions continue rolling out.