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
SBS 4.0 has several new features, but
eWEEK is focusing on the key areas that make this refreshed cloud computing
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.
It works like this: When users create and save Office content on their
desktop, it is automatically published to Jive, where the content is rendered
for viewing and commenting directly from the browser. These documents are
rendered in the Jive SBS cloud in full
Office fidelity; in the past, users would have to download the document and
view it in a separate window on their desktop, not the Internet.
Jive, which like rivals MindTouch, Socialtext, Awareness and IBM
believes that the lines between social software and collaboration software have
blurred, lets users view and reply to comments made in the browser directly
from the plug-in in Microsoft Office.
In the spirit of team collaboration, multiple contributors can make comments
and changes into an Office file in near real time, with the add-on syncing
users' changes bidirectionally on the fly. For example, one user can work on
the graphics of a PowerPoint presentation while another works on the script,
and both workers see changes in the file as they happen. Changes rendered in SBS
4.0 are visible in the Office file and vice versa in near real time.
This co-authoring capability is an answer to Google Wave, whose XMPP-fueled cursors bounce around the screen,
allowing users to edit each other's work.