InstaColl debuts Live Documents

Indian software product company, InstaColl announced the launch of Live Documents, a hybrid online-offline Office suite of applications. 

Live Documents is a featured suite of online office productivity applications offering functionality equivalent to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Built using RIA technologies such as Flash and Flex, the solution allow users to view and edit documents within any common browser on any operating system. It uses a Flash-based user interface that claims to offer a richer and responsive user experience that is comparable to native Office software applications. 

In addition, Live Documents is available as an optional desktop client application that wraps around Microsoft Office and embeds collaborative capabilities into software applications. It converts Microsoft Office applications from static standalone software to smart clients that are connected to the Internet and facilitate in-context document sharing (multiple people can edit a document at the same time) and management (security, access control and revision control) without requiring users to give up their familiar user interfaces. The desktop client also ensures offline access to documents - a key failing of current online Office applications. 

With its hybrid “Services plus Software” approach, Live Documents gives users the choice and flexibility to work on their documents either on the desktop or on the browser and while they are online or offline – any changes made on either side are automatically synchronized to the other side ensuring that the desktop and web versions are always in sync without requiring manual actions like check-in/check-out, upload/download or import/export.  Live Documents is designed to increase consumer choice when it comes to purchasing hardware, selecting an operating system, choosing a network and accessing and sharing file formats. 

Senior InstaColl representatives, including Chairman, Sabeer Bhatia, and Chief Executive Officer Sumanth Raghavendra, attended the Live Documents launch event in Mumbai.  

"Live Documents offers a unique perspective on Office productivity and collaboration that merges the better of two worlds - the richness and familiarity of desktop software with the collaborative capabilities of the web. It provides a reliable bridge between the online and offline worlds that consumers and businesses can count on," said Sabeer Bhatia, InstaColl Chairman. He added, "Live Documents is the new productivity suite for the Internet generation providing flexibility lacking in traditional software while retaining that which is important from the past and extending it with unique collaborative capabilities. I believe that Live Documents does for documents what Hotmail did for e-mail.”

Starting today, a technology preview Live Documents is available on an on-invitation basis with general availability to follow shortly. It is free for personal use with commercial versions available for enterprises both in a hosted form as well as an on-premise server. 

As a part of its constant initiative to foster and develop strategic alliances with the most influential pioneers and established technology providers in the world, InstaColl also announced its close ties and alignment with Intel.

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