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HyperOffice Up Against Google Apps, Zoho With Updated Suite


By CHRIS KANARACUS

Google Apps, Zoho and other online collaboration players got a fresh dose of competition Tuesday, as HyperOffice announced that a major overhaul of its online collaboration suite is now in private beta.

HyperOffice bundles calendaring, e-mail, document and project management, forums, portals and other features.

The company's target market is new entrepreneurs who need a software suite quickly, as well as small and midsized companies that want to expand without adding hardware and on-premises software.

But the updated application faces stiff competition from the likes of Google Apps Premier Edition, IBM LotusLive and Zoho. HyperOffice is hoping to win its share of business through incentives like free support and training. Subscription pricing is roughly US$7 per user per month.

The beta comes following two years of research and development, according to HyperOffice, which has a long history in the online collaboration space.

It was first formed in the late 1990s under the name WebOS, with a focus on personal information management, and relaunched about six years ago as HyperOffice, shifting strategies to groupware, said Shahab Kaviani, vice president of sales and marketing.

Meanwhile, the new version of HyperOffice has a more flexible and polished interface, but will still look familiar to seasoned users, the company said. The software also has a new Java-based back-end that replaces one built with ColdFusion.

HyperOffice purposely took plenty of time to build the update, in order to incorporate feedback from users and tighten integrations between the suite's components, Kaviani said.

Most data migration chores, such as moving over e-mail messages, can be done with self-service tools, according to Kaviani.

The new version is currently available in English only, with further localization work expected in the second quarter of 2010, he said.

HyperOffice is still a small business compared to vendors like Google, but should see some fringe benefits, he said.

"We don't have the funding to create the awareness Google can. [But] we're happy to see Google being successful. What we're doing is latching onto that. ... It's such a huge market that just getting a percentage of people who prefer us because of our interface will make us a success."

The company is hoping to complete the beta by early February.

 


Founded in 1998, HyperOffice is a market leader in cloud collaboration and communication software for small and medium sized businesses. We provide the most comprehensive suite of solutions developed over more than 12 years of understanding your growing business needs. HyperOffice's capabilities include customer portal & intranet software, online document management, online project management, shared calendars, contact management software, business email, Outlook sharing and synchronization, push email and mobile collaboration, online database software and web forms and much more - offered as an integrated, easy to use solution accessible over any web connected PC, Mac, or mobile device. HyperOffice is also a viable Microsoft Sharepoint alternative and Microsoft Exchange alternative for growing companies looking for the power of enterprise class messaging and collaboration - but without the associated costs and hassles.
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