Huddle Launches Its Own Document Creation And Management Software

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Huddle Note enables users to create, edit, and share documents in the cloud

Cloud-based collaboration software developer Huddle has launched Notes, an add-on that enables users to create documents directly inside the core Huddle platform, and share them with colleagues in just one click.

The new product was designed to compete with what CEO Alastair Mitchell calls “feature-heavy legacy applications”, such as Microsoft Office and SharePoint.

According to Huddle and a few of its beta customers, the new product saves time and improves communication security. Launch of the Notes coincides with the launch of the new iOS app, redesigned for the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

Huddle against Microsoft

The new Huddle Note enables document creation in the cloud from any device with an Internet connection. Huddle users can now share, give feedback or approve any particular note, with all comments date and time stamped.

The software is loaded with enterprise-grade features such as document management tools, version control, activity tracking and encryption.

Dragon Images“We’re now seeing a major shift in the way people work. Today’s workplace is no longer a fixed desk in an office, but wherever you decide to work from – public transport, home, or a remote office,” explained Mitchell.

“People don’t want to waste time skipping between apps, battling with legacy word processors, and then uploading documents to the cloud to share them with co-workers – especially when they’re quick notes such as brainstorm ideas and meeting minutes. With Huddle Note, we’re adding an easy-to-use and intuitive way to capture content in Huddle, giving people a simpler, faster, mobile alternative to Microsoft Office and other bloated legacy offerings,” he added.

“We’ve found Huddle Note to be of most use when it comes to replacing email chains. If we have an email that contains information we want everyone to have access to, the best place to save the content is in Huddle for secure central review and reference,” commented Lindsay Kirby, communications lead at NHS Advancing Quality.

Meanwhile, the mobile app redesigned for iOS 7 now includes better notifications, new “dynamic activity stream” and an option to automatically download all content that could be relevant to a particular user. It is avaliable to download for free from Apple’s App Store.

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