Exciting announcement #2 at ILTA 2015 – Microsoft and NetDocuments announce an expansion of their partnership – here’s some snap analysis (and hopes) about what this brings to legal DMS.
Microsoft and NetDocuments – ndOffice and Office 365
Office 365 – online and desktop – has capability that allows third parties to write ‘next-gen’ Add-Ins that interface directly in Office. ndOffice will become present inside Office, without a client-side install and no need for desktop add-ins. It’s just there – ready to be enabled by your administrator.
All the features of Office 365 – rights management, co-authoring, mobility – with NetDocuments as the document store, giving firms the cool stuff of Office 365 with the strong information governance that law firms need and OneDrive lacks, and SharePoint fails to deliver.
Mobility, web and Exchange
Add-In hosting in the cloud means that ndOffice will be available in Office Web Apps and in the Office mobile apps for iOS and Android. Using Continuum, the integration will be aware of what you were working on, and have it ready for you on your device.
Microsoft Exchange online will be integrated with NetDocuments Email Management – and my assumption is that ND Email Outlook Add-In will be migrated into Outlook in the same way as ndOffice.
Access anywhere, anytime, on any device, using apps that are instantly familiar.
Azure document store
NetDocuments full architecture will support instances on Azure data-centres. Most clients will not need this – the global datacentres aren’t going anywhere; Azure will support cases of firms having a specific client requirement for data to be stored in jurisdictions that do not currently have a data centre.
This analysis is not verified by NetDocs – there are briefings over the next few days, so look out for corrections and updates to this post over the week.
Here’s more analysis of the announcement from around the legal web:
- Press release, NetDocuments Blog
- Charles Christian, Legal Technology Insider – Did Microsoft just kill Sharepoint as a Legal DMS?
- More to follow..