Microsoft is trying to persuade Mac users that they aren't an afterthought. This week it added another string to the Office for Mac bow with the announcement that Mac users can become Office testers, too.

The new Office Insider for Mac program enables Mac Office 365 subscriber users to preview and test certain Office features before they are made generally available. This program was opened to Windows and Office for Android testers late last year.

In a blog post yesterday, Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team, revealed the new Insider program for Mac, along with a number of other Office improvements including better writing and drawing experiences for touchscreens and the extension of PowerPoint Designer and Morph to other platforms.

Interested users can sign up directly from the Microsoft Auto Update (MAU) tool on their Mac computers.

The new touchscreen capabilities are already available for iPad and iPad Pro users, and will roll out to Office Insider participants for Office 2016 on Windows desktops, Office Mobile on Windows tablets and Office on Android tablets in the coming weeks.

Documents On Your Watch

The Google Play Store started carrying a new app this week from Appfour that enables Android smartwatch users to view Google docs, PDFs and Excel sheets that are saved on the phone or stored in Google Drive.

Given that the interface of these watches is a big as … well, a watch, it’s not entirely clear how useful this is going to be. Imagine, for example, trying to read a contract on it!

But it does enable access to your mobile documents so your document library truly is anywhere. You can even share documents from the phone.

The app is free to download, but the blurb in the Google Play Store does point out that there are in-app purchases, which means that you can only see the first page of a document with the free-version and will have to pay to see the rest.

It works, or can be downloaded onto a wide range of smartwatches with reviewers noting fast download and work speeds. Have a look.

M-Files Advanced Document Capture

Enterprise content management vendor M-Files announced the release of M-Files Capture, a new scanning and classification app that can capture and digitize documents before sending them into a M-Files repository.

The neat thing about this release is that the capture app not only scans and captures the documents, it also adds metadata so that documents can be found no matter what repository they have landed int.

It’s no real surprise that M-Files has added the metadata capability, given that one of its big market differentiators has been superior meta-tagging.

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For practical purposes, it means businesses only have to worry about getting their documents into the system. Once there, the system does the rest.

"With M-Files Capture, companies now have the ability to streamline and automate many of their paper-based processes by intelligently auto-classifying and indexing scanned files into their on-premises or cloud-based M-Files repositories with metadata," Mika Javanainen, senior director of product management at M-Files said in a statement.

In terms of accomplishing business task, this also makes it easier to push digitized documents into workflows. M-Files Capture can scan up to 10,000 pages per computer per day.

eSign Genie Upgrades

eSign Genie, which offers e-signatures through the cloud, has upgraded its online e-signature offering that will improve the entire signing process, according to Anita Bist, VP of Business Development.

The objective is to speed-up the process and make the entire experience easier for users. The new features enable users to sign documents in several sittings, reminds others to sign documents and lists who has already signed and allows users to sign once and have it paper in numerous different places.

How Good Is You DMS?, a platform for reviewing and ranking software solutions, is now ranking document management software vendors.

It’s only in beta at the moment, but the company is already inviting document management software users to leave reviews and feedback on their experiences.

According to CrowdReviews, a transparent algorithm has been used to determine how each software vendor stacks up against their competition in a variety of software and service categories.