Document management roll-up

Microsoft confirmed this week that Office 2016 will be released Sept. 22. It also announced organizations on volume licensing schemes will be able to download Office 2016 starting Oct. 1.

Knock us over with a feather.

The dates of Microsoft releases are generally leaked well in advance and this one was no exception.

Office 2016 itself will have a heavy focus on real time collaboration and contextual information gathering. There are also a few other notable updates, including the extension of online real time co-authoring from to the desktop version for seamless collaboration.

In a blog post yesterday, Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management, explained how Office upgrades will be delivered moving forward.

Microsoft is introducing what it calls "Current Branch for Business," which already exists for Office 365 ProPlus customers, the subscription version of Office apps for companies and organizations. It gives customers monthly updates and security patches to keep Office up to date.

Branch for Business means Office 365 will be updated much the same way as Windows 10, which now features three cumulative feature updates per year and monthly security updates.

It addresses a number of top IT requests in Office 365 ProPlus, including deployment support for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to help control network traffic when deploying updates, as well as new reports on Office activation and usage available in the Office 365 admin portal.

Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home users can start installing 2016 apps on Sept. 22 from, and automatic updates will begin rolling out in October

The Office announcement dovetails with yesterday’s other big Microsoft Office announcement, namely that the company has developed a number of new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Translator to take advantage of features in Apple’s new iPad Pro, iOS 9 and WatchOS 2. 

DataNumen’s Upgraded File Repair

DataNumen announced the release of version 2.5 of its Office Repair application, which identifies corrupt and damaged Office files and restores them to working order.

DataNumen is a Hong Kong-based data recovery software vendor founded in 2001 that also offers file recovery for SQL, Oracle, RAR, PDF and more than a dozen other popular file types.

New features in version 2.5 include the ability of the MS Word repair engine to recover bookmarks, lists, formatting and hyperlinks.

The new MS Outlook repair functionality includes enhanced processing of deleted and hidden items, more flexibility in working with items that were previously lost and found, and the ability to overcome the "Can´t move the items" error in Outlook PST files.

Office Repair’s differentiator from similar applications is that it repairs documents, Excel workbooks, Access data and files from Outlook and Outlook Express with a single application.

It also works with all versions of the Windows operating system released in the past 20 years, from Windows 95 to Windows 10. Similarly, the software supports all versions of Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Outlook Express that were released during that period.

SpringCM, DocuSign Partner

SpringCM has teamed up with DocuSign to help customers improve business effectiveness by shifting from manual to digital processes.

DocuSign provides electronic signature technology and Digital Transaction Management services for electronic exchanges of contracts and signed documents.

SpringCM is an enterprise content management company that provides cloud document management and workflow solutions for businesses and other organizations.

According to a joint statement from both vendors, using the SpringCM and DocuSign integration, customers can instantly close contracts with digital signatures and immediately route the signed document to everyone involved in the transaction.

The partnerships also means that organizations can digitize contract creation and signing without ever having to go near a sheet of paper.

BluVue’s Document Management Upgrade

BluVue, which provides a purpose-built solution for construction companies to manage and distribute digital plans has announced the release of BluVue Plans 2.2.

BluVue Plans allows project teams to have anytime, anywhere access to current construction plan documents on tablets, phones, and laptops,

It also facilitates communication among project team members, and speeds collaboration based on up-to-date project drawings, giving work teams the power to view, markup and share plans.

Some of the new features include user-selected Favorites (most used document) and automatic photo resizing.

Gmail Events For Business

Google has introduced Gmail Events for Google for Work email accounts. Events automatically pushes event notifications that land in the inbox into the Gmail calendar.

By default, only you can see events added from Gmail – even if you've shared your calendar with someone else. This includes delegates who have "View changes and manage sharing" access to your calendar, and coworkers or peers who can normally see your events.

The Events features has been available for Gmail accounts for the past few months, but this week it finally offered it to business users.