updated 01:00 am EDT, Fri July 18, 2008
HyperOffice iPhone collab
HyperOffice on Thursday launched a new public beta of its tool suite that further develops the iPhone into a business tool. HyperOffice is designed to enhance interactions between business staff and their clients or suppliers, connecting them for projects, detailing schedules, or sharing information, utilizing any Internet connection. This second beta claims to have better usability, while adding access to shared documents, as well as built-in tools allowjng for a link between the iPhone and corporate messaging systems.
HyperOffice is billed as "software-as-a-service", requiring the user to connect through a phone or computer browser. Logging on to a HyperOffice account gives users access to their list of web-based applications. This overcomes the need to install or maintain software on a phone or computer, opening these services to smaller companies that don't have an integrated technical staff.
The tools allow for users to collaborate simultaneously on documents with others, such as spreadsheets, providing users with greater efficiency than manual collaboration techniques. The user can share calendars with associates or clients that have either HyperOffice or Outlook. They can also retrieve, share, or update contacts and tasks, use online storage, versioning, change user rights, or commenting. This service also includes discussion groups, security features, and backup.
According to HyperOffice, there are more features available while working on a Mac or PC, rather than a phone, including conferencing, Exchange and Outlook functions, Outlook Sync, Intranet/Extranet page and portal builders, time and expense tracking, and an online database.
HyperOffice is offering these services for $7 per month, available in English or Spanish.