There’s been a lot of fuss generated about “social email” lately, particularly in the wake of Facebook’s announcement that it was rolling out a new Social Inbox feature. Mainsoft’s harmon.ie is a family of products that aims to bring that kind of concept to the enterprise and drive user adoption of SharePoint (s msft) and Google Docs (s goog).
The idea behind harmon.ie is that because email is such an integral part of the most enterprise users’ workflows and that users are resistant to learning new collaboration habits, giving them access to SharePoint or Google Docs from a sidebar within their email interface will make them much more likely to use these tools, while also making their email client more useful.
The harmon.ie line-up includes:
- harmon.ie for SharePoint Enterprise, which provides access to SharePoint (s msft) document collaboration, email management and social features within the Outlook interface.
- harmon.ie for SharePoint, Notes Edition. Previously branded Mainsoft SharePoint Integrator for Lotus Notes (s ibm), this email sidebar provides access to SharePoint documents, email management, calendars and social features from within the Notes and Sametime interfaces.
- harmon.ie for Google Docs Enterprise, which enables people to collaborate on documents using the cloud, in their native file formats, using Google Docs and the Microsoft Exchange email infrastructure. This is only available by applying to the Enterprise Partner Program.
The cost of the harmon.ie enterprise products varies depending on the number of users required. Free versions of the sidebar, which only include access to SharePoint or Google Docs documents, are also available.
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