Usually the user has to leave their personal space, their inbox and go to the collaboration space to see updated documents.
Harmon.ie provides a social sidebar for Outlook, to connect to either SharePoint or integrate with Lotus Notes. There is also a cloud based solution for Outlook Web App.
On the desktop, the social sidebar within Outlook or Notes gives you access to your social network and also shows you documents that are being updated in your collaboration space.
It works in a similar way to Xobni, but with extra features provided by Yammer or Lync.
Cohen says that Harmon.ie has an app which brings SharePoint to your iOS device. Workers can leave the office with their iPads and can see documents from their collaboration space on the iPad from the cloud.
Harmon.ie already supports access to Windows 8 Surface through a web interface using HTML5. However, Cohen does not see ‘a lot of pick up on Windows 8 at the moment’.
Cohen says that Microsoft has made a huge bet on social and on the cloud which will will pay off in 2013. He predicts that we will see a trend of increased adoption of Office 365, SharePoint online and Yammer.
He also predicts that we will see more access to the collaboration space from devices such as tablets -- not only iOS but with other devices though HTML5 and Java script rather than native apps.
Vendors want to push us into the full solution sell. But why should I care about the platform? If I choose my social platform from vendor X, Why should I also need to have my instant messaging app from the same vendor?
I want to be able to pick and choose my application, platform and my devices based on their merit to me and my work, rather than the vendor they come from. Currently in the mobile world we get a lot of choice which is what users want.
That is the reason why well managed and structured implementations of BYOD are gaining momentum. It is about flexibility in the device you use to do your job.
If 2013 will be the year of freedom where you don’t want to be locked into one vendor but want to choose. Which vendor will it be? Platform independent, or hardware – and software – vendor lock in?