O3 Spaces Gouda in the Netherlands is well known for its delicious cheese, and, in the world of content management systems, Gouda is also known for O3Spaces, a fairly young, upbeat company known for its groupware for education and industry. O3Spaces has just released the latest version of their Document Management and Document Collaboration suite O3Spaces Workplace 2.2.1. O3Spaces Workplace integrates into popular office suites such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org and StarOffice, and delivers its Document Management and Document Collaboration solutions for (distributed) teams, workgroups and departments, across operating systems. Enhanced Workplace Assistant One of the new things about O3Spaces Workplace 2.2.1 is that there are enhancements to their trademark desktop component known as the Workplace Assistant, which now has an “application style” user interface, with a generic Workplace repository file browser. If you are a drag-and-drop fan, you will love this - it allows you to upload multiple files and folders to the Workplace, download a selection of files and folders for off-line work and do other stuff all by drag-and-drop. The new Workplace Assistant makes it easier to share any type of file from any application, while retaining the benefits of the Workplace repository’s security, versioning and locking mechanisms. Template Management Another unique Workplace feature is the template-management module. This functionality addresses one of the few remaining OOo/SO enterprise blind spots. The module covers template storage and versioning, as well as controlled distribution of templates to the end user in one integrated system. Spanish Language Facility Refreshingly, O3Spaces Workplace 2.2.1 doesn’t just confine itself to the English-speaking world: Spanish speakers will be pleased to find that O3Spaces Workplace 2.2.1 is the first Workplace release offering a Spanish localization, catering to the popular demand of Spanish speaking Workplace users across the globe and reflecting the growing global customer base for this product. Workplace 2.2.1 is available in one of three editions; the popular Community Edition, (that boasts over 30,000 downloads in 5 months), the enterprise grade Professional Edition and the no-hassle Software As A Service On-Demand Edition. O3Spaces was Red Herring finalist in this year’s prestigious Red Herring EMEA award, making it something to sit up and take notice of. The new version will certain help to increase the challenge that it poses to SharePoint. You can learn more about the newest version of Workplace on their website.