Colligo Networks Inc., a provider of offline collaboration solutions for mobile professionals, has released Version 2.0 of the Colligo for SharePoint product family that supports the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista. Organizations can extend the reach of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS 3.0) to users who need access both online and offline-- designed to enable these businesses to increase the adoption and utility of SharePoint with their workforce. The Colligo for SharePoint product family consists of Colligo Reader for SharePoint and Colligo Contributor for SharePoint. Colligo Reader provides offline read access to SharePoint sites and is free for individual users. Contributor is designed for businesses, and adds Microsoft Outlook integration, 2-way synchronization, and advanced security and deployment options.
In addition to compatibility with the 2007 (and 2003) Microsoft Office System, Colligo Contributor Version 2.0 has a number of new features and upgrades. One new feature is the integration with Microsoft Office Outlook. With Colligo Contributor 2.0 on their laptops or desktops, users can drag-and-drop emails, attachments, events, and contacts directly into SharePoint document libraries whether they are working online or offline. Email message fields, such as "To", "From" and "Subject", are automatically mapped into metadata columns for categorization and organization. This provides a solution for companies looking to migrate email content management to SharePoint for collaboration or compliance purposes.
Other upgrades in Version 2.0 include a new user interface that looks and feels like the online version of SharePoint 2007 (including breadcrumbs navigation). Documents that have been sync'd to user PCs can be located instantly through the new integration with Windows Desktop Search (if installed). SharePoint site selection has been streamlined through a tool bar button in Internet Explorer. Background synchronization and conflict resolution, complete with document compare and merge functions have also been improved. Finally, several new configuration options are designed to enable IT managers to remotely deploy and configure Colligo Contributor onto user laptops. Colligo Contributor is available in single lot quantities for $125 from the Colligo online store. The free Colligo Reader and a 30-day trial of Colligo Contributor are available at the Colligo website.