Social collaboration firm Huddle has launched a new tool to integrate its services into Microsoft Office, removing the need for users to save documents to their own devices.
Key features of the new software update include an integrated comments bar (pictured below), which is displayed within the document's window in Microsoft Office and will show Huddle comments from other users working on the document. As in Huddle's web interface, users will also be able to post comments and tag other users in those comments.
Huddle for Office also keeps track of documents' edit history for auditing and compliance purposes, so users can access previous file versions. They can also open documents in Office directly from Huddle's interface rather than opening up a web browser.
Huddle for Office bypasses the need to save a document to a device's hard drive, instead saving directly into an organisation's cloud-based Huddle storage area. Users can also still save documents to their own hard drive if they wish.
Huddle chief executive Alastair Mitchell said that the update brings the benefits of cloud to traditional desktop applications without the added hassle of copying and syncing files.
"When the cloud came along it was like a new place to work, but it was disconnected from our work lives," he told V3. "You would work locally and then you'd have to sync it into the cloud. Now it's completely connected and when you hit save it saves directly into Huddle."
Huddle for Office is available from Thursday.
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