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April 18, 2011

More Cloud Collaboration Software Apps from Microsoft, Google, SAP

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Looking for cloud collaboration software apps? You’re in luck -- we’ve got quick rundowns for some of your top options condensed from the longer reviews available at Information Week.

Microsoft SharePoint Online
You might have heard of the vendor here, they have a bit of a track record. The app can be deployed either on-site or in the cloud, is available bundled with Microsoft's business productivity suite, online standard suite, or as a standalone offering for about $5.25 per user, with a 30-day free trial. It’s part of Microsoft's Office 365, and includes a portal, collaboration and social computing, content management, and search.

The Jive Engage Platform
This app melds together collaboration, community, and social media monitoring software, providing customers with blogs, tags, videos, social bookmarks, collaborative documents, polls, profiles, and status updates. It also provides social media monitoring, mobile applications, community analytics, and integration with legacy systems, and works on desktops and mobile devices including the iPhone and BlackBerry.

Google (News - Alert) Groups for Business
As easy to use as the rest of the Google universe, the app gives users access to email, documents, folders, calendar, and videos. But unlike the free standard edition of Google Apps, Groups for Business costs about $50 per user per year, and may include a set-up fee. But companies can disable ads in the Web interface; Google offers a free trial.

SAP (News - Alert) StreamWork
This marked SAP's foray into the social media collaboration space. The software, available for a free trial, is based on Novell (News - Alert) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and lets users continue working within their applications while accessing StreamWork, according to SAP. The basic edition is free; the professional version starts at $9 per user per month.

HyperOffice (News - Alert)
Designed for small and midsize enterprises, the apps are used by more 300,000 worldwide, according to the developer. The HyperOffice suite includes features such as business email, contact management, calendaring, document management, intranet and extranet workspaces, forums, Web conferencing, online databases, and Web forms.

Zoho (News - Alert) Projects
The app incorporates email, collaboration, productivity, and business apps into a suite of tools that are free for personal users, discounted for non-profit groups, and enterprises fees begin at $12 month for the standard version and $35 a month for the premium version. Zoho Projects is integrated with Zoho CRM, and Zoho has integrated its capabilities with Google Gmail.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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