Jive Builds Social Software Bridges to Microsoft Office, Apple iPhone
Jive Software Oct. 28 released Social Business Suite 4.0, building a bridge to Microsoft Office and prompting Jive CEO Dave Hersh to claim that Jive is essentially turning Microsoft Office into Google Docs. Jive, which like rivals MindTouch, Socialtext, Awareness and IBM believes that the lines between social software and collaboration software have blurred, also lets users view and reply to comments made in the browser directly from the plug-in in Microsoft Office. Jive is also offering modules that let the social software run on Apple's iPhone and RIM BlackBerry.Jive Software Oct. 28 released Social Business Suite 4.0, adding integration with Microsoft Office that prompted Jive CEO Dave Hersh to claim the company is turning Office into a Google Docs-like platform. SBS 4.0 has several new features, but eWEEK is focusing on the key areas that make this refreshed cloud computing product interesting.
Jive Microsoft Office Connector is a software module that lets SBS 4.0 users work on any Microsoft Office document, spreadsheet or presentation in Jive or from their desktop. This bridge is a big deal for users tired of the traditionally siloed workflow of Office applications, where nothing that doesn't have Microsoft code in it may pass.