Enterprise collaboration vendor Huddle is launching Huddle Desktop — and deeper integration with Office.

James Pipe, head of Product Management at Huddle, said Huddle Desktop also adds a new layer of productivity to the Huddle experience. Available for both Windows and Macs, it is designed to connect the user’s desktop to the Huddle cloud-collaboration platform and simplify the ways users access and manage their files, as well as the ways they collaborate on content, he said.

Users can open any type of file from the web, including proprietary formats, into the correct desktop application. 

“We’ve added enterprise deployment functionality including support for complex proxy implementations and enterprise roll outs. In terms of features, there are multiple enhancements across the Office and Outlook integrations including email upload and high fidelity preview, offline working, support for high DPI environments, improved user interfaces and links out to the Huddle web application,” Pipe said.

Simplifying Collaboration

Pipe told us the release of Desktop is part of an ongoing drive to simplify and broaden the collaboration experience, so users can easily collaborate from any device, at any time.

“While the trend for mobile-first is growing, we acknowledge that for many users — a great desktop experience is the most important factor. So, we needed to create a compelling desktop experience that allowed users to access key features (such as offline files, search, recent files and more) that was tightly hooked into the productivity tools they use every day,” Pipe said.

Mobile users can already do much of the same with Huddle for iOS and Android, which enable them to open Huddle files into other native mobile applications for reading or editing.

Applications like Polaris office and Adobe Reader allows users to save files back into Huddle, which can accept and upload these as new versions. Pipe said Huddle is currently working with Microsoft to provide a solution for Office 365.

Huddle's Destop Office integration 

Pipe points out that Huddle Desktop is about personal productivity: the app provides instant access to recent work, allows users to manage offline availability, controls and prevents version conflicts and enables users to search all of their Huddle content.

“The  app is a convenient bridge to the cloud that’s always front and center on the desktop. Development showed far greater engagement with Huddle by deploying a desktop app in this way,” Pipe said.

Huddle Desktop comes with Plug-ins for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. This allows documents stored within Huddle to be opened, edited and saved natively from within the Microsoft Office suite of tools. Users can also view team member’s comments and sync their own comments back to Huddle.

Pipe told us that Huddle, as a collaboration platform that sits on top of Office and other applications, “offers the strictest security standards around data protection, hosting and encryption that enterprises and government organizations around the world have come to trust already.”