eXpresso Corporation, a provider of cloud-based document collaboration solutions for business, has announced the launch and immediate availability of its eXpresso for Microsoft Office, now featuring full collaborative support for both Word and PowerPoint, in addition to its existing Excel support.
The new offering delivers online collaboration capabilities that differ from Google Docs or Office 2010 by allowing multiple office documents to share and simultaneously edit text and presentation files while preserving file formatting, regardless of the software version in use on the desktop.
“Documents are the lifeblood of every business and Microsoft’s Office productivity suite is the de facto standard with 550 million suites installed worldwide,” said eXpresso Corporation CEO George Langan. “With eXpresso’s collaborative methodologies, Office users can now take advantage of unmatched functionality and cloud collaboration with a simple, affordable solution.”
File Fidelity Regardless of Version
eXpresso for Microsoft Office solves the most pervasive problem associated with the free Google Docs: file fidelity. eXpresso preserves document formatting even across multiple versions of Office, allowing users of Office 2003 and 2007 to collaborate with Office 2010 users. With eXpresso, businesses are not forced to upgrade their Office suites in order to gain collaboration functionality and eliminate nuisance file compatibility issues; they can continue using existing software suites to save money.
While online in eXpresso, users can easily create and edit Word and PowerPoint documents in their browser, using the same familiar interface and powerful features they’ve come to know so well on their desktop. And, eXpresso is simpler and less expensive than upgrading to a SharePoint 2010 environment, saving companies the hefty IT investment and resources required for maintenance, configurations and upgrades over the long term.
“eXpresso eliminates emailing files back and forth and the confusion this often causes over which version is the most recent or up-to-date,” Langan said. “In eXpresso, multiple users can edit the same file simultaneously; or the file can be locked for editing, depending on the user’s preference and the situation.”
When files are locked, eXpresso’s integrated chat function allows users to communicate about the status of file usage. eXpresso also supports off-line desktop-based editing through the small, downloadable eXpresso Add-in that enables single-click sharing of documents back to the cloud.
Granular Permissions for Advanced Document Control
eXpresso provides enhanced, granular file sharing and editing control not possible with files shared on a typical server environment or when volleyed back and forth via e-mail. In eXpresso, users can set specific permissions for viewing and editing documents, down to specific areas or sections of the file.
For example, some users may be permitted total viewing and/or editing permission, while others may only be able to view and/or view specific pages, slides or cells. This granularity makes it possible to protect document integrity or shield confidential information from non-authorized individuals.
LotusLive and Symphony 3.0 Integration Coming Soon
Coming this fall, eXpresso will launch eXpresso for LotusLive to further extend the powerful collaboration and file fidelity capabilities of this award-winning system in conjunction with IBM’s release of its newly redesigned Symphony 3.0 office suite. With eXpresso for LotusLive, users can simultaneously access and edit shared business documents directly from inside LotusLive; both Symphony and Microsoft Office users can access and edit those same documents with formatting and permissions remaining intact regardless of the users’ desktop software of choice. This cross-platform integration enables businesses to leverage the new Symphony suite alongside Microsoft Office and save money while maintaining file sharing and editing control.
eXpresso’s proven hosted collaboration platform provides an extendable and scalable solution to make web-based, real-time document sharing and editing in the cloud easy and affordable. To use eXpresso requires only an active Microsoft Office license, Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, and a valid e-mail address. eXpresso is also compatible with Firefox and Chrome browsers equipped with the Internet Explorer Tab or extension. Annual subscriptions start at just $79 per user with volume pricing available. An on-premise hosted solution is also available for enterprise deployment.
eXpresso enables Microsoft Office or Lotus Symphony users to view and edit documents, presentations, and spreadsheets in the cloud with other people at the same time. With eXpresso’s patent-pending, real-time file collaboration, users can see each other’s saved changes immediately and control how others access a file by setting editing limitations or hiding specific file elements (e.g. cell columns, worksheets, slides, etc.). eXpresso has been recognized as PC World’s 25 Most Innovative Products and by InfoWorld’s 2008 Technology of the Year awards. The privately-owned company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.