Web 2.0 firm Huddle has launched version 2.0 of its collaboration and social networking tool, offering enhanced phone, web conferencing, desktop sharing and customisation features.
The new features are designed to provide an easy-to-use unified collaboration portal, according to Huddle commercial director Charles Blake Thomas.
Much of the new design was made possible after Huddle joined Microsoft's BizSpark programme, which enabled the firm to take advantage of Microsoft development tools and resources.
Huddle 2.0 offers a major new meetings feature which allows users to schedule meetings by creating times and dates, and inviting colleagues to attend. It also features new phone conferencing functionality to create "an admin portal to manage live online and offline collaboration", said Thomas.
New meetings are automatically added to a unified dashboard calendar of upcoming events, which centralises a user's multiple projects and meetings in an easy-to-view place, according to the company.
The dashboard has been created with usability in mind, featuring a series of widgets which can be rearranged or turned off by users. A set of APIs means that further widgets can be created depending on user needs, said Thomas.
"Content is stored all over the place these days, and firms are increasingly working with people outside the business," he explained. "Huddle fits at the nexus of that, and allows people to create a central place to work together. This [version] has made it even easier and more intuitive to do so."
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