Office News & Analysis
| Thursday Mar 6, 2014
You can argue it if you want, but this week was all about SharePoint -- and little about Microsoft Dynamics CRM and AX. In fact, as one of our editors pointed out, there’s more SharePoint than you could shake a stick at — largely as a result of the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.
In no particular order, here are some of the items that either slipped under the radar or which caught our attention. There is also some mention of Microsoft Convergence Dynamics.
| Thursday Feb 20, 2014
Microsoft Office has just dealt another blow in the ingoing slugfest with Google Drive. But it's far from a killer punch.
In a post on the Office blog , Office Online product marketing manager Amanda Lefebvre outlined a number of changes to Office Web Apps, including a name change and the addition of some new features.
| Friday Feb 7, 2014
This week there have been a number of interesting stories in the document management space, not least of which is the fact that the British government appears to be reconsidering its contracts with Microsoft. Meanwhile, Huddle has announced an integration with Office, while Box and KnowledgeTree have struck up a new partnership.
| Thursday Jan 30, 2014
Huddle talks a lot about being the "alternative to SharePoint." The company used the phrase today to launch a new offering. And it used it in December when it released Huddle Note, an iOS application that enables users to create content in the cloud, share it inside or outside of a company firewall and collaborate with other workers on documents — all from mobile devices.
So is it a viable alternative to SharePoint? "Sure, Huddle is legitimate competition to SharePoint," says Rob Koplowitz, SharePoint analyst for Forrester Research. "It doesn't do everything SharePoint does, but in the areas where there is overlap, Huddle is very robust."
| Tuesday Dec 10, 2013
Huddle has just announced the general release of Huddle Note, a new iOS application that enables users to create content in the cloud, share it inside or outside the firewall and collaborate with other workers on documents — all from a mobile device. Taking all Huddle’s functionality into account, the company's management claims it provides a viable alternative to SharePoint.
| Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
Microsoft has announced the release of a new app that lets you control Word, Excel and PowerPoint from a Windows 8 phone. The company called this the beginning of a move to push the productivity space to a “diverse society of devices.”
| Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
This week in the world of document management there have been a number of upgrades and releases, including the introduction of multi-tasking for Yahoo Mail and enhanced search from dtSearch. In addition, new research shows document capture is still big business and Microsoft continued to extend the market reach of Office 365.
| Thursday Nov 7, 2013
As well as announcing upgrades to its Office Web Apps today, Microsoft announced deeper integration between Yammer and Office 365, which are designed to make it easier to work with external customers and partners.
| Thursday Nov 7, 2013
The battle for the hearts and pockets of productivity suite users has just intensified with the introduction of real time collaborative document editing for Office Web Apps.
Office Web Apps are Microsoft’s browser-based, simplified versions of Office apps, consisting of online versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Those products have not really gained the traction Microsoft was hoping for mainly because all the functionality they offered were already available in Google Docs.
| Friday Oct 25, 2013
Microsoft's sales and profits are up. In the first quarter since the company announced a major reorganization and shared the news that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant reported a jump of 17 percent in net income in the fiscal first quarter to $5.2 billion or 62 cents per share.
While the company's commercial wing grew revenues by 10 percent to $11.2 billion, consumer revenues, including devices, grew only 4 percent to $7.46 billion.
| Wednesday Oct 23, 2013
For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version.
| Monday Sep 16, 2013
For such a small tool, today’s unveiling of Box Notes is causing a bit of a storm and likely will upset quite a few people across the productivity suite space. This is because Notes, which is in closed beta for the moment, offers document editing and collaboration to those storing their content on the Box enterprise platform.
| Tuesday Sep 3, 2013
Citrix has announed it has aquired an iPad document editing tool called Byte Squared, and the ability to edit Office documents will now be rolled into its ShareFile Enterprise system.
| Friday Aug 9, 2013
Since the launch of Office 365, Microsoft has been very guarded with any information about things like use, subscription numbers, and -- most important for business users -- its uptime. Now, however, it made a clean breast of at least the uptime element, giving itself nearly straight A’s for the past 4 quarters.
| Thursday Aug 8, 2013
HP-Autonomy HP RM 8.0 release
Even if it’s the holiday season there have been a number of interesting developments in the document management space, including the announcement by AvePoint that its productivity apps now support SharePoint 2013. There was also news from Laserfiche and DocuSign, a new pricing model for Office 365 and a major release from HP-Autonomy.