May 08, 2007 08:00 ET
ShareOffice, the World's First Online Office Based on Open Standards, Is Launched With User and Partner Endorsements
ShareOffice Is Built Upon Best-of-Breed On-Demand Services From iNetOffice, EditGrid, ShareMethods and salesforce.com With Immediate Availability in the AppExchange and as a Standalone Service
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 8, 2007 -- Software 2007 Conference -- iNetOffice, a
leading provider of browser-based word processing applications; EditGrid, a
leading provider of online spreadsheet applications; and ShareMethods, a
leading provider of on-demand document management, today announced the
general availability of ShareOffice. ShareOffice combines an online office
based on open standards with enterprise document management on-demand,
bringing major product categories together into an Office 2.0 application
for the first time. The companies also announced the endorsement of
ShareOffice by end-users and Office 2.0 industry leaders and partners. The
launch of ShareOffice builds upon the momentum of ShareMethods, with users
in 32 countries and more than 200 companies on a global basis including
customers such as BusinessWeek, Agile Software, CNET Channel, NMS
Communications, HID Global and many others.
ShareOffice addresses significant limitations in current
office-productivity solutions. Desktop-productivity suites are proprietary
closed systems difficult to extend or to modify to meet user needs.
Existing online office suites are targeted broadly at many different user
groups and do not address specific workflows. Many online office
applications provide limited or no support for offline use with documents.
To address these issues, ShareOffice enables an online office ecosystem via
open standards, supports business-critical workflows, operates entirely as
a software service via a browser and provides offline capabilities such as
document synchronization and local document backup.
With ShareOffice, collaborative teams can easily create, edit, and share
documents and spreadsheets online; and can automatically generate common
sales documents such as proposals, contracts, quotes, and customer letters
in a single browser interface using customer data from
salesforce.com. Marketers are likewise empowered to easily and quickly
create, manage and share marketing documents online such as newsletters,
press releases and product brochures; support teams can create FAQs; and
product development groups can manage requirements materials.
"ShareOffice is a breakthrough development for our company, a global
consulting firm operating in more than 40 countries with clients such as
Chevron, BP and Intel. It allows us to automate and streamline aspects of
sales-proposal generation that typically required many manual steps, saving
us time and money and improving our responsiveness to our clients. Once
ShareOffice creates documents online, we have access to an enterprise-class
document repository to allow us to search, share, archive and approve our
business-critical documents," said Bob Allbright, Americas regional
marketing and sales manager at JMJ Associates.
"ShareOffice is an exciting development for small businesses like ours,"
said Shea Gilbert, chief operating officer at BelaCorp, a provider of
medical transcription and document management services. "For BelaCorp,
ShareOffice enables cost-effective collaboration for a distributed sales
team located in the United States and Canada, with centralized on-demand
access to key documents. In addition, ShareOffice allows for the quick and
easy creation of documents online, saving time and streamlining the user
experience of document creation. We are also looking forward to using
ShareOffice for standardized contracts and forms to ensure consistency and
integrity of customer-facing documents."
"We are excited about the launch of ShareOffice for AppExchange, an
innovative approach to an online office designed for the Business Web,"
said Rene Bonvanie, senior vice president and GM of AppExchange at
salesforce.com. "The release of ShareOffice for AppExchange brings
new capabilities to the sales and marketing user community including online
document and spreadsheet creation, 'one-click documents' such as customer
proposals and contracts, and rich integration with on-demand CRM.
ShareOffice is an important advancement for software as a service as it
represents a new and powerful application service going beyond desktop
office capabilities and fully designed for the on-demand, browser based
The features and benefits of ShareOffice include:
-- Online Office Ecosystem -- the first Office 2.0 platform designed to
enable the assembly of dozens or hundreds of online office applications
using common and open Internet infrastructure for document sharing, single
sign-on, and cut and paste
-- Best-of-Breed Online Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations --
ShareOffice is built upon best-of-breed online office applications such as
iNetWord and EditGrid, AJAX-based word processing and spreadsheet
tools with advanced features and functionality; Online presentation service
Preezo is also available in preview mode
-- Security -- SSL authentication and network encryption for online
documents, spreadsheets, and presentations; SAS 70 Type II data center;
roles, permissions, administrative controls
-- Offline Support -- ShareOffice works in conjunction with ShareDrive
OnDemand to allow offline access to key documents including offline
synchronization of files and folders, scheduled data backups of documents
to a local server or laptop as well as batch upload/download, etc.
-- One-Click Documents On-Demand -- Customer-facing proposals, quotes,
contracts and spreadsheets can be created via templates at the click of a
mouse on demand
-- Advanced Online Document and Spreadsheet Features -- For online
spreadsheets: graphical charts and rich visualization, live data feeds in
worksheets; for documents: richly formatted tables and text, dynamic merge
fields, pictures, live searches on document text from multiple search
-- Enterprise Document Management -- Customizable taxonomies for large-
scale document collections, usage analytics, version control, approval
workflows, full text search, etc.
-- AppExchange / salesforce.com Integration -- Deep integration for
salesforce.com and online office features; ability to launch and save
dynamic documents via Accounts and Opportunities
-- Open Standards Internet File System (IFS) -- Users navigate through a
familiar multi-level file and folder model for online documents based on a
worldwide open standard for document sharing and running purely in AJAX
-- Open Standards Document Export -- Spreadsheets can be exported to
Excel, PDF, OpenOffice, OpenDocument, XML, and more; documents can be
exported to HTML, Word, and PDF
-- Service Level Agreement (SLA) -- The first online office platform to
offer a service level agreement for businesses committing to application
availability of 99.9%
-- Ease of Use -- a single browser interface for word processing,
spreadsheets, document management and CRM allows users to work seamlessly
in a single integrated application without any need to upload or download
-- Real-Time Collaboration -- Multiple users can work together on their
online documents and spreadsheets in real-time on a global basis
-- Data Integrity -- Customer data automatically inserted into online
documents from salesforce.com, with documents automatically associated with
Accounts or Opportunities
"The development of ShareOffice and the standards-based online office
platform upon which it is built is a major step forward for the Office 2.0
community," said Eric Hoffert, CEO of ShareMethods. "The time of working
with closed proprietary office applications is over; the revolution begins
now with an open platform and ecosystem upon which innovation can flourish.
This is a fundamental shift in how office productivity applications are
delivered and used."
"ShareMethods, iNetOffice and EditGrid are delivering on the vision of
Office 2.0 with their focus on productivity improvements working online,"
said Ismael Ghalimi, founder and organizer of the Office 2.0 Conference.
"This product announcement is important and I am delighted to see
ShareOffice, a product that realizes this vision, in the market. The
ability to streamline user workflows in an online office application
delivers business impact that is so essential. The ability to create a
framework with open standards can extend ShareOffice to include many useful
Office 2.0 services in a single integrated solution."
ShareOffice is the first commercially available product developed based on
OpenSAM (open simple AJAX mashup, www.opensam.org). OpenSAM is a consortium
of software as a service (SaaS) application vendors and a set of AJAX
standards that allow multiple online applications to integrate. iNetOffice
and ShareMethods developed OpenSAM to enable the Internet as a platform for
"plug and play" office productivity suites tailored for specific business
needs. OpenSAM was formally announced in a separate news release today.
Leading Office 2.0 companies that support OpenSAM include EchoSign
(contract automation), EditGrid (online spreadsheets), Preezo (online
presentations), Joyent (collaboration), Persony (web conferencing), Caspio
(online databases) and others. iNetOffice and ShareMethods are inviting
SaaS companies to add their applications to ShareOffice using OpenSAM
recommendations. Preezo, an online presentation service, announced
ShareOffice support with a preview version of its service included until
the fully integrated solution is launched.
"The Internet has become the vehicle for most types of communication and it
now continues to evolve as the platform for application delivery. The next
step is to provide application functionality and interoperability that
rivals traditional desktop applications," said Benjamin Pring, research VP
ShareOffice and Simple AJAX Mashup were developed by a dream team jointly
led by Tom Snyder, president of iNetOffice and a veteran of Microsoft where
he pioneered work on Internet Explorer 4.0 (the first DHTML
browser), Windows Help system and Microsoft Publisher '95 and '97; and Eric
Hoffert, CEO of ShareMethods and a veteran of Apple Computer, where he
played a key role in launching the widely successful QuickTime digital
media ecosystem that resulted in thousands of software applications and
usage by millions of end-users.
ShareOffice is available immediately from salesforce.com's AppExchange
on-demand application sharing service (ShareOffice for AppExchange), and
also as a stand-alone service. ShareOffice pricing ranges from $5 to $45
per user per month depending on the class of user and volume usage.
ShareOffice can be quickly and easily deployed for companies of all sizes
-- small, medium or large enterprises, further democratizing access to
powerful Office 2.0 software.
iNetOffice (www.inetoffice.com) is a privately held and funded
Washington-state corporation that specializes in developing fully
functional web-based office applications. The company was founded in 2000
by Tom Snyder, a veteran of Microsoft Corporation. iNetOffice is positioned
to accelerate the software industry's evolution away from desktop-based
applications toward hosted, SaaS (software as a service) solutions. The
company's vision is to deliver online office applications with lower
overall costs, ease of use and rapid deployment of SaaS software without
compromising program capabilities or requiring extensive user training.
With ShareMethods, sales and marketing teams can create, manage, and share
documents easily and securely, collaborating with extended selling networks
to close more business, providing a cost-effective alternative to
developing and supporting a sales and marketing intranet or extranet. The
"Sales and Marketing Portal in a Box" approach can cost less than one tenth
of the price of traditional enterprise software. ShareMethods provides
on-demand services to more than 200 companies on a global basis with users
in 32 countries and customers including BusinessWeek, Agile Software, CNET
Channel, NMS Communications, HID Global, Airspan Networks, etc.
ShareMethods on-demand services include ShareNow for AppExchange,
ShareOffice for AppExchange, ShareDrive OnDemand, and ShareMethods.
ShareMethods founding team includes industry veterans from Apple Computer,
AT&T Bell Labs, NASA, etc. Visit www.sharemethods.com or call