Industry Updates

News Updates (November 10, 2009)

Cisco on Collaboration … Cisco announced new products in the collaboration space. “The company also announced its entrance into two new markets, enterprise social software and hosted email, with the goal of bringing the collaborative power of online social communities to businesses. The new product introductions span real-time and asynchronous collaboration applications, and collectively take advantage of the power of video and voice-based communications to help enable natural, person-to-person and business-to-business collaboration across all media and devices.More
– New enterprise IM and presence, via Jabber.
– Cisco-hosted directory of organizations and locations with TelePresence gear.
– Hosted email, based on PostPath. It’s called WebEx Mail. … Nordic River released, a document comparison web service. “ is a fully functional document comparison service where users can compare, reorganize and even merge multiple copies of a document with no sign-up or registration requirements. It allows up to six documents for comparison, accepting and/or rejecting proposed changes and saving a final draft back to the desktop as a .doc, .docx or HTML file.” It’s in beta, and is powered by the Textflow API. More

RIM and Adobe … Research In Motion and Adobe announced a partnership, so users of Adobe Creative Suite can extend content to BlackBerry devices. “Future versions of Adobe Creative Suite starting with Adobe Creative Suite 5 will provide the ability for designers to create optimized graphic assets, such as image and video content, from tools such as Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe After Effects®, for the BlackBerry platform. These graphics assets can then be easily imported into BlackBerry application development tools …. The collaboration aims to accelerate the mobile application and content development workflow between BlackBerry application and web content developers and creative professionals that use Adobe tools. It will also reduce the re-creation of graphic assets and iterations that designers and developers have to go through to generate rich application user interfaces, animations, images and video content when supporting multiple platforms.More
– See coverage at InfoWorld

OffiSync “Enterprise” … OffiSync released a paid version of its plug-in that links Microsoft Office and Google’s online collaboration tools, including Google Sites. “The plug-in allows users to save their Office files online for access from any desktop or laptop computer using Google Apps and Docs; find specific Office files with Google search; and collaborate on Office documents with coworkers through Google Docs. The idea is to render traditionally static on-premises Office files actionable in the cloud, or the Web, while retaining fidelity of the data. OffiSync is now supporting Google Sites, letting users access their Office files online through the Sites team wiki and document repository, said OffiSync founder Oudi Antebi. Users can save and open Office files from Google Sites file cabinets, and create, delete and move Google Sites file cabinets right from within Microsoft Office.More

Other Items
– Don is unhappy about Cisco’s switch of terms from focusing on unified communications to collaboration.
– Huddle signed a two-year deal with HP, to provide direct access to Huddle’s services from HP PCs.
– Don’t forget the Colligo Webinar on November 18 about migrating Exchange Public Folders to SharePoint. Adam Woodruff is guest speaker.

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