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July 07, 2015 10:00 ET

Convo Unveils Its Biggest Product Update

New Features, UI and UX Designed Specifically for the 'Connected' and 'Always in Control' Modern Worker

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 7, 2015) -  Convo, the leading enterprise-mobile messaging and collaboration platform, today announced the next-generation version of its product across web and desktop. Convo has seen significant growth in the last one and a half years, having multiplied its customer base by 3x and company size by 5x. Plus, organizations like Kaiser, NBC, CBSi, TechCrunch, TheNextWeb now have hundreds or thousands of seats on Convo.

"25% of Fortune-500 companies are on Convo today because they require something that's superior to email, and more secure and dependable than lighter-weight consumer-oriented solutions," said Convo CEO Faizan Buzdar. "CEOs have told us that once they deploy Convo, they cannot imagine a single work day without it. That's because Convo enables critical decisions that make all the difference when closing a deal, breaking a story first, or even saving a life in the case of our healthcare customers."

With this product announcement, the new Convo web and desktop (Mac) app is available to all customers. Sign up today at www.convo.com. A desktop app for Windows will be available at a future date.

New: Convo for web
This next gen Convo offers a faster, more intuitive experience, and greater control. Users can now quickly glance through highlights, laser-in on critical conversations and make faster, smarter decisions. New features include:

  • Sleek new design and interface: Quickly review all posts with infinite scroll, muting less relevant posts and highlighting the critical conversations.
  • 3x faster: Never lose track of any conversations - from @mentions to chats to group updates, get notified instantly. Plus, easily view, edit and add comments without losing your spot.
  • 400+ integrations: Post content from your favorite tools like Gmail, Salesforce, Twitter, and more into Convo (Zapier account required for now).
  • Advanced group control: Keep groups public or private based on project sensitivity. See groups under each category in your newsfeed.
  • Retina optimized with extra large previews: Quickly scroll through rich previews of all major document types, and easily comment in context.
  • And more! To see a complete list of new features, visit https://www.convo.com/blog/

New: Convo for desktop (Mac)
The new desktop app has a brand new design and interface and lets users start conversations, share files from the quick-post widget. It provides the same powerful features as the web app, plus:

  • Quick-post widget: A new menu bar app lets you quickly create a post, or drag and drop files to share in Convo.
  • Integrated notifications: Convo notifications now integrate with OS X Notification Center.
  • Easy access: Launch Convo instantly from your dock.

Convo provides a collaboration platform for mission-critical workflows and fast-paced decision-making -- from newsrooms to emergency rooms. Buzdar believes the company is strongly positioned to take the lion's share of the $87B Enterprise SaaS market and is targeting 80% of the Fortune 500 as customers in the next two years.

"Convo has well-and-truly been a game changer for us. Its power lies in its ability to bring together our entire company, with its various teams, contractors and management, in an environment that makes us feel connected but also able to focus on the work at hand," said Zee M. Kane, CEO of a publishing company. "Its security, controls, notification settings and real time nature means we can effectively manage a global team from behind a computer or mobile device and yet feel like the people we need to speak to are only a sentence away. This new update has made Convo even better. The experience is seamless -- whether working on the web, desktop or mobile -- you can pick up a conversation wherever you are. And the slick, minimalist interface makes it feel like the office has gotten a beautiful new upgrade," added Zee.

Designed specifically for the Enterprise
Convo is the only communication and collaboration tool that provides enterprise-level security with at-rest encryption and ediscovery. Additionally, Convo allows the network administrator greater control by granting access to all posts, files, chats, and groups. Administrators can also set defaults, delete content, block users, and restrict IP domains on a network.

"Enabling the right conversation at the right time is critical for every business. The new Convo platform makes that happen by helping people work together faster and more effectively. It raises the bar for enterprise platforms, and sets us up for exciting new things to come," added Ryan McDonald (Head of Product)

According to Gartner, "The enterprise collaboration and social software market is projected to generate total software revenue of $2.3B in 2018, a 46% increase from 2015 projections of $1.6B." "Business benefits from using collaboration and social software result from improved communications, the ability to influence behavior and the opportunity to gain insights into specific activities where personal interactions occur," writes Tom Eid, Research Vice President, Gartner. "Since 2010, the continuing convergence of team collaboration and enterprise social software has driven new revenue opportunities as suite/ platform offerings become more prominent. Gartner expects continued vendor and technology consolidation, across the teaming/collaboration and social software segments, into more comprehensive collaboration suites."*

*Gartner, Market Trends: Digital Workplace Initiatives Drive Collaboration Software Purchasing, Tom Eid, October 14, 2014

About Convo
Convo is a platform for work conversations that helps large teams (like product design, health care, emergency care, editorial content creation and more) come together. More than 15,000 businesses including TechCrunch, The Next Web, CBSi, Kaiser Permanente, and NBC, to name a few, are currently on Convo. Available on web, desktop, iOS, and Android, Convo distills what is most effective in enterprise social networks, task manager, project management and productivity apps to become the best workplace collaboration software for large and agile teams.

Founded in 2012, Convo's executive team is lead by Faizan Buzdar (Founder & CEO) and is backed by Morgenthaler Ventures, the same early-stage VCs behind Lending Club, Mulesoft, Apple, Siri, and Evernote. For more information, visit www.convo.com.

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