Document collaboration vendor Quip may not be a household name. But it's CEO and founder Bret Taylor probably is — at least indirectly.

Taylor created the Facebook ‘Like’ button when he was CTO of the social network. He also co-created Google Maps and the Google Maps API.

You get the picture. Taylor is a disruptor and Quip, which he founded in 2012 after leaving Facebook, targets the document collaboration market.

Last July, it expanded its focus beyond mobile with the release of native desktop apps.

This week, it announced a redesign that focuses on the workflow, including an inbox that allows users to follow updates on living documents. 

Living documents? Taylor explained in a blog post that a living document "communicates with you and your team. It stays up-to-date. A living document tells you when your colleague updates the sales figures; it buzzes your phone when a task is assigned to you; it’s constantly bubbling with your team’s feedback; it’s always updated with the data you need."

With Quip’s new design, Taylor added, "your documents keep you up-to-date instead of you keeping up with them."

Quip’s new design aims to solve the problem of web-based documents buried  in emails and only existing as hyperlinks. In addition, shared folders have been made more prominent, so your team’s documents always have a clear “home” to make them easier to find and navigate.

Users can now also navigate  via a central “All Documents” view, which lets users see every document and folder to which they have access.

It’s an interesting idea and one that could shake up document collaboration as long as there are tight controls around who can share what, as well as the capability to find documents no matter where they end up.

So far Quip has attracted quite a lot of attention and raised $45 million in two rounds.

Alfresco, Kainos Partner

Alfresco has been busy following the integration of its business process management platform Activiti and its enterprise content management platform Alfresco One.

Now it announced a new partnership with software vendor Kainos, the company behind the Evolve mobile-enabled healthcare platform. The objective, according to a statement about the partnership, is to improve patient care by improving content and process management for healthcare providers.

Alfresco has been working in the health space for a long time and this partnership underlines its progress here.

Learning Opportunities

As patients move from hospital settings to extended care or a home environment, the platform could give clinicians, caregivers and patients access to the individual's medical data in order to provide better continuity of care.

And guess whose ensuring access to all that data? You got it — Alfresco using its ECM and BPM solutions.

Microsoft Upgrades Sway

Microsoft has been pushing its Sway product hard over the past few months. This week it adds access to “Recent” Office documents, support for the analytics application Power BI and for embedding’s text editing updates and other document functions.

Sway was introduced in October 2014 and offers users a cloud-based, touch-enabled toolset for creating interactive documents and presentations. The overall effect is to turn static documents into interactive mobile-friendly documents.

This upgrade enables users to take their most recent documents in Sway by adding a recent view of your Office content stored in OneDrive.

This makes it easier to find documents sorted by work that has been done most recently and then drag and drop them right into Sway.

The Recent documents list also roams with you in the left navigation pane of OneDrive and individual Office applications, such as Word.

OpenText On Tour

OpenText launched its Innovation Tour 2016 conference series. The global series of events will be held in five cities around the world through March 10. Mark J. Barrenechea, OpenText CEO and CTO, will deliver OpenText's vision for a digital world..

We mention here as the tour will land in Paris on March 9 and we will be there to bring you all the latest on OpenText and its Blue Carbon strategy.