This week in document management there’s been a couple of extensions for SharePoint, including one built by MetaLogix and a partnership for extending its records management, while HyperOffice has been taking a look at email management. Otherwise, this week there is also a business card reader for iPhone.

Microsoft, Google Fight Again

You may recall, three weeks ago, that Google took (another) poke at Microsoft and offered users the possibility of stealing some of Microsoft‘s cloud Office suites’ limelight, as well as enabling users to move their content from Office to Google Docs.

Well, Microsoft this week has returned the favor and, with the help of Metalogix, has released SharePoint Migration Manager for Google Apps, which will enable users to move their Google Docs into SharePoint 2010, or even SharePoint online.

The reasoning behind it, SharePoint says, is because users are constantly bugging it to produce an “enterprise-class productivity tool with improved security” to help them do their jobs effectively.

Jared Spataro, director of SharePoint product management at Microsoft, said customers have seen the light and realized that SharePoint is “the logical choice over Google Apps“ and that they are all clamoring to move their documents from Google Docs into SharePoint.

The Metalogix (news, site) SharePoint Migration Manager for Google Apps provides a straightforward option for those customers to migrate to SharePoint 2010 without losing the investment in their existing content, he added.

Leaving aside the boo-hissing between the two companies, this tool will allow for document and content migration to SharePoint including metadata, versions and permissions. This is certain to be only the latest salvo in an ongoing spat with new developments happening on a monthly basis. And the big winner is, of course, the user.

HyperOffice Archives Email Docs

As part of the ongoing development of its cloud-based suite, HyperOffice (news, site) has announced the addition of hosted email archiving to HyperOffice cloud-based messaging and collaboration software.

The software aims to control the documents that enter enterprises via email and which, as a result, end up scattered on desktops everywhere with no real document tracking.

It offers a managed cloud-based email archiving alternative for companies that do not have the IT resources to deploy and maintain expensive on-premise email archiving software such as Exchange 2010. Watch this space for more on this.

SharePoint RM Extended by Colligo-FileShare

Another SharePoint announcement, which, if you missed it last week, sees FileTrail and Colligo partner to provide better records management for SharePoint 2010.

As a result of the partnership, Colligo (news, site) will provide email management, while FileTrail (news, site) is offering physical file capture for SharePoint 2010. It should create interest among those who are still not happy with SharePoint’s records management abilities. The product, details of which will be released at the upcoming AIIM/Info360 conference in Washington,  will provide a records information management package capable of handling both electronic and physical records for enterprises that are using or planning to use SharePoint2010. Interested in more?

EMR Worth US$ 15.7 Billion

Staying with records for the moment, new research from Kalorama shows just how valuable the records management is, particularly the electronic medical records management market (EMR).

The report, EMR 2011: The Market for Electronic Medical Record Systems, found that, despite a number of problems associated with physicians’ wariness about investing in EMR, there was still 50% growth in the market, which was worth an estimated US$ 15.7 billion last year alone.

The research also shows that, even with all the caution shown by the medical profession, nearly 50% of doctors have now deployed some kind of EMR system.

Based on the findings of the report, the firm expects 18-20% market growth in the EMR sector in 2011 and 2012.

Business Card Reader for iPhone

Finally, we couldn’t leave without a brief mention of iPhones. ABBYY, a provider of document recognition, document capture and linguistic technologies and services, has released ABBYY Business Card Reader 4.0, a new version of its business card reading and contact managing application for the Apple iPhone.

In addition to the transfer of contact data from business cards to the iPhone address book, the updated version allows users to upload recognized photos of business cards more easily to the new CardHolder archive, making the images searchable and more convenient to use.

ABBYY Business Card Reader 4.0 also allows users to search for information about new contacts across networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and online maps.

ABBYY Business Card Reader 4.0 for the iPhone and the free trial version are available via the Apple AppStore. Supported interface languages are English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian. Supported devices include the Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 (OS 3.1 or later) with autofocus.