Google announced today that it is pushing forward its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) initiative for mobile news publishing and that it will land sometime “early next year.”

According to a blog post by David Besbris, vice president of engineering, Google Search and Richard Gingras, head of news, Google, thousands of publishers have expressed interest in AMP since the preview launched with the BBC, Sankei, New York Times, News Corp, Washington Post and more.

It also says that some 1,600-plus newspapers and television stations have “voiced their support.”

“Google will begin sending traffic to your AMP pages in Google Search early next year, and we plan to share more concrete specifics on timing very soon. In the meantime, the AMP Project invites everyone to take part in the conversation on GitHub, and encourages you to begin experimenting with building AMP pages as soon as possible,” the blog post reads.

AMP is an open-source program designed to make web pages load much more quickly on mobile devices, which Google unveiled last month.

Since then it has been in technical preview and follows similar offerings from Apple and Facebook.

Publishers aren't the only ones with interest in the program, it is also attracting attention from advertisers.

Today’s blog post announced that Outbrain, AOL, OpenX, DoubleClick and AdSense would all be working with Google to improve the advertising experience for users, publishers and advertisers on the mobile web.

Document management roll-up
It will also be getting considerable analytics muscle from. comScore, Adobe Analytics, Parse.ly and Chartbeat to ensure that traffic to AMP is counted just like current web articles.

Google noted that more than 4500 developers are following the AMP Project’s ongoing engineering discussions on GitHub.

The blog post added: “Since the announcement, over 250 pull requests — contributions of new code, samples and documentation — have been made; and discussions around major new features such as analytics and templates have taken place."

Cloudetect Finds Your Cloud Docs

Docady, an app for finding critical documents has released Cloudetect, a free web app which scans email and cloud-based storage accounts to identify just how many personal documents users have out in the cloud.

Cloudetect uses Docady’s Document Discovery Engine to identify critical documents stored on email accounts like Gmail and Yahoo, and online storage accounts like Google Drive, Evernote and Dropbox.

What’s more, it also offers concrete solutions to organize and secure the found documents. Cloudetect does not store any user information, and revokes all granted permissions to these cloud-based services immediately upon completion of the scan.

The web app uses a mixture of advanced technologies to blend image, text and language processing algorithms in order to locate scanned and other sensitive personal documents, and automatically organizes each document by category for users to review.

After locating these forgotten personal documents, users can take defined steps to improve the organization, accessibility and security of this vital information.

Xerox Goes Mobile (Printing)

Xerox has also been busy this week, releasing a number of mobile device and multifunction printer (MFP) tools that aim make it easier for remote workers to recreate the same workflows they use in the office.

With these tools, the company claims workers can send documents to colleagues or the cloud, and print from anywhere. The releases include:

  • Xerox Mobile Print Cloud v3.0
  • Xerox Mobile Print Solution lets workers print from their mobile device to any networked printer, no matter the manufacturer
  • Xerox Wireless Print Solutions Adapter is a small adapter that sits next to a legacy printer or MFP and adds wireless and mobile printing capabilities to devices without those capabilities built in
  • Xerox’s Mobile Link App now supports Android and iOS devices, and adds more cloud capabilities
  • Xerox’s new PrintSafe Software provides authentication security for Xerox and non-Xerox MFPs, manages user access to MFPs and lets users print anywhere at any time to any MFP in a customer network

The Xerox Mobile Print Cloud v3.0, Xerox Mobile Print Solution and Xerox PrintSafe Software are available worldwide.

HR’s Paperless Problems

From a push to print, to dreams of the paperless office.

Organizations are struggling to reduce their paper trail, with the accepted wisdom being that regulated industries — finance, legal, security and some government sectors — have been dragging their heels the most.

However, PeopleDoc, a provider of cloud-based human resources services, just released research which points the finger to another culprit — human resources.

The survey focused on the intersection of technology and HR to examine how professionals are handling important workforce documents.

Continued reliance on paper to manage employee files is the chief pain point for 67 percent of HR professionals, followed by incomplete files (33 percent), searching for files (30 percent), document security (30 percent) and documents scattered across systems (30 percent).

The survey’s other findings included:

  • 84 percent of HR departments still file employee documents by hand or via a paper filing system
  • 32 percent use an HR system to track employee documents
  • 11 percent have a system dedicated to document management. In the past five years, the majority of HR professionals report “considerable growth” when it comes to the volume of documents they handle, and teams currently spend 10-15 percent of their time managing documents

Given the amount of technology available to help them with these tasks, including, of course, PeopleDoc's, it is difficult to understand why this might be the case — except lack of corporate will to change. 

Metavis Upgrades

Finally, this week Metalogix has upgraded its Essentials software which now offers the option to Live Compare file system folders with content of SharePoint libraries to ensure only one copy of the file exists.

The release also extends support for Office 365 Standard Government Office 365 plans, improve performance of Office 365 backups, adds the option to review Office 365 tenant license plans and improves the ergonomics of the Orphaned Users transfer operation.

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