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HyperOffice Adds Cloud Collaboration Tools For SMBs

Integrated project management tools augment the vendor's web-based document collaboration, email, shared calendars and other collaboration apps.

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HyperOffice has integrated project management tools and features into its web-based document collaboration, email, shared calendars and contacts, web conferencing and collaborative productivity apps.

"Previously, we had features like shared tasks lists designed to synchronize with Outlook tasks," said Shahab Kaviani, HyperOffice's executive vice president, marketing and product marketing. "Last year, we added interlinking, letting you associate documents, like blueprints to a building project. We now feel we have enough features to also call HyperOffice an online project management tool."

New project management-oriented features in HyperOffice include milestones, notifications, drag and drop, mobile task management, Gantt charts, task dependencies and interactive Gantt chart. "When you go to your To Do or My Tasks list, we only show shows the ones coming up, not ones contingent on things, and you get notifications, like when somebody finishes a task that one of yours depends on," noted Kaviani. "And we can now bring shared project management to mobile workers. Shared Tasks will synch up with iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and other mobile devices in real time."

This provides SMBs with an alternative, said Kaviani, to having to buy and run Microsoft Exchange, Blackberry Enterprise Server or Apple MobileMe, "or having to look through Google Apps Marketplace to find the one you like." Additionally, Kaviani noted, "Google Apps hasn't yet integrated this information at the data level. HyperOffice can link an email message to a task, Google Apps can't."

Companies using HyperOffice range from five to 200 users, with the average in the 10 to 50 range, according to Kaviani. "We're seeing a lot of construction companies, and architectural design firms. For example, one company in San Francisco has nine construction projects happening concurrently, with a few dozen users, employees and others. They are using HyperOffice for delegating tasks, putting documents up, and using the calendaring to check meetings and availability. HyperShare for Outlook, our Outlook plug-in, makes Outlook shareable, and lets companies do project based collaboration in an extranet environment."

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