This week, we look at why users of Google Docs, and more generally Google Apps, will have to upgrade their browsers, the new Kofax and Pegasystems integration, Nuxeo’s DM upgrade, Cabinet NG’s enhancements to CNG-WEB and the possible release of Office 365 by the end of June.

Google Docs Needs New Browser

Don’t say you haven’t been warned. Google announced on its Google Docs blog this week that, as of August 1, you won’t be able to run Google Apps on IE7 or earlier, or early versions of other browsers.

According to Venkat Panchapakesan, Vice President of Engineering, come August 1, Google will only “support the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, we’ll begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.”

This means that for users of desktop notifications for Gmail and drag-and-drop file upload in Google Docs, users will have to have advanced browsers that support HTML 5. Older browsers just don’t have the chops to provide you with the same high-quality experience, he said.

Google will also discontinue support for the following browsers and their predecessors: Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7 and Safari 3.

As a result, users of these older browsers may have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites, and eventually these apps may stop working entirely. If you want to find out more about this, have a look at the blog.

Kofax, Pegasystems Integrate

Just a little while after its Atalasoft acquisition, Kofax (news, site) keeps the ball rolling with the announcement that it is integrating with Pegasystems (news, site), one of the better-known vendors of business process management and CRM software.

The addition of Kofax document capture will enhance the BPM infrastructure by collecting and transforming information when it arrives at the perimeter of an enterprise and delivering that information into automated business processes to accelerate and streamline downstream tasks and activities.

Kofax showcased the integrated solution at PegaWORLD, Pegasystems' annual user conference, in Orlando, which has just finished.

Cabinet NG Enhances CNG-WEB

Meanwhile, Cabinet NG (news, site) has announced enhancements to CNG-WEB. CNG-WEB is an optional module that enables users to manage and file documents on a premises-based server and/or online (as a hosted/SaaS subscription) using a standard browser interface.

Initially released as a browser interface for document viewing, CNG-WEB evolved and currently supports viewing, creating, editing, routing and scanning documents. In addition to the security controls of the CNG-SAFE repository, encryption protects data in transit and at rest when used with a CNG-ONLINE subscription. The result is a functional and secure system designed for use over the Internet.

CNG-WEB also introduced an improved methodology for document templates that further simplifies the filing process, ensuring consistent filing across the system.

CNG-WEB is currently included with CNG's hosted SaaS offering called CNG-ONLINE at no additional cost, or for $2,995 when used with a premises-based server running CNG-SAFE.

Nuxeo Upgrades to DM 5.4.2

If you missed it during the week, open source document management vendor Nuxeo (news, site) has released new versions of Nuxeo Document Management (DM) 5.4.2 and its underlying Enterprise Platform.

The latest updates include user experience enhancements and several new features. And, as is the Nuxeo way, it was driven by community feedback.

Nuxeo has long provided an open source enterprise content management platform with a focus on extensibility and modularity, and driven by developer needs and community feedback.

Nuxeo Document Management 5.4.2 includes a line of components that embrace open standards. The list includes OpenSocial, OAuth, HTML 5 (of course), WebDAV and CMIS.

Office 365 for June 28?

Other news worth noting this week is the upcoming public release of Office 365 that seems likely to take place on June 28, according to Jon Roskill, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for the worldwide partner group.

Over the weekend, Jon Roskill tweeted the following:

3 June 28th is the date for General Availability of Office 365! > 100,000 real customers on beta…Partners, are you ready???”

OK, so tweets are tweets and sometimes even highly placed executives get it wrong, but the date would seem to be backed up by Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, who at an event in India on May 26 said that June was definitely the date. Want to know more