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MindTouch, an open-source provider of enterprise collaboration software, announced today that its platform is now available in the cloud. You can find a video on how the platform, dubbed MindTouch Cloud, creates “a federated collaboration network” here.  MindTouch competes with Microsoft’s SharePoint, but can eliminate many […]

MindTouch, an open-source provider of enterprise collaboration software, announced today that its platform is now available in the cloud. You can find a video on how the platform, dubbed MindTouch Cloud, creates “a federated collaboration network” here.  MindTouch competes with Microsoft’s SharePoint, but can eliminate many of the inflexibilities of proprietary collaboration software, and MindTouch Cloud’s prices are being kept low. A 10-user group can use it for $10 per month per user, 30 users can for $8 a month per user, and 50 users can for $7 a month per user, with lower costs for larger businesses.

MindTouch Cloud incorporates desktop productivity tools, database adapters and more, as OStatic notes. “What sets it apart from other collaboration systems is the ability to use other popular enterprise systems atop this platform,” OStatic says. Web applications, ERP frameworks, Salesforce.com usage and so on can be integrated with MindTouch. Intel, Cisco, Mozilla and many other companies use MindTouch’s platform.

This has been a busy week for hosted collaboration tools, with Salesforce announcing its Chatter collaboration solution yesterday. You can read more about MindTouch Cloud here, and the company’s CEO, Aaron Fulkerson, did a guest column for OStatic on the future of collaborative networks here.

  1. Pricing in the article is wrong.
    It’s $10/user/month nor $10 for 10 user .. etc.

    It’s no bargain in my opinion — cloud hosted sharepoint is available for FAR less.

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    1. @Satish,

      I don’t believe it is. Have you priced it? I think you’ll find it comparably priced with respect to license. Of course, according to the folks at Microsoft SharePoint commonly required $7 in customization for every $1 in licensing. More importantly, MindTouch offers far more capabilities for cloud based business automation and richer collaboration that extends well beyond Microsoft Office.

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  2. Congrats to Aaron, Steve and their team. Open Source is the way to go here.
    By the way, did you see that we also launched our brand open source blogtronixMicro service (an open source cloud on RackSpace) on the 18th at Web 2.0 Expo in NYC ;)
    Our new open source project is more of a micro-social with real-time feeds, dashboard, groups, micro-blogging, social profiles, multimedia support, powerful admin, and mobile interface. We now have over 900 communities powered on the software as well ;)
    http://blogtronixmicro.com for free account, video, and live demo trial.

    Cheers,
    Vassil

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    1. Congrats to you and the team Vassil.

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  3. [...] …MindTouch has a distinct advantage. Zoho, Salesforce.com and the others are not offering their solutions via the open source model, which will be attractive to businesses courting open source religion, or who just want a lower price point.    MindTouch’s Open-source Collaboration Platform Sits on the Cloud | via Sebastian Rupley at GigaOm [...]

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  4. [...] MindTouch’s Open-source Collaboration Platform Sits on the Cloud (gigaom.com) [...]

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