Posted by: h4ck@lyst | November 26, 2007

Live Documents Offers Free Rival To Microsoft Office

Co-founded by Sabeer “Hotmail” Bhatia,instacoll is a Bangalore-based software product startup offering solutions that bridge the gap between powerful, rich desktop software applications and collaborative web-based services, providing a user experience that marries the best of both worlds.

InstaColl Debuts Live Documents, Unique Online Office Suite.

Introduces full-featured online Office suite supporting documents, spreadsheets and presentations that embraces and extends Microsoft Office to the browser

MUMBAI, INDIA, Nov. 21, 2007 – Indian software product company, InstaColl today announces the launch of Live Documents, a hybrid online-offline Office suite of applications.

Live Documents is a full-featured suite of online Office productivity applications offering functionality equivalent to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Built using RIA technologies such as Flash and Flex, Live Documents allow users to view and edit documents within any common browser on any operating system from anywhere. Live Documents uses a Flash-based user interface that offers a richer and responsive user experience that is comparable to native Office software applications.

In addition, Live Documents is available as a optional desktop client application that wraps around Microsoft Office and embeds collaborative capabilities into these hitherto standalone software applications – Live Documents converts Microsoft Office applications from static standalone software to smart clients that are connected to the Internet and facilitate in-context document sharing (multiple people can edit a document at the same time) and management (security, access control and revision control) without requiring users to give up their familiar user interfaces. The Live Documents desktop client also ensures offline access to documents – a key failing of current online Office applications.

With its hybrid “Services plus Software” approach, Live Documents gives users the choice and flexibility to work on their documents either on the desktop or on the browser and while they are online or offline – any changes made on either side are automatically synchronized to the other side ensuring that the desktop and web versions are always in sync without requiring manual actions like check-in/check-out, upload/download or import/export. Live Documents is designed to increase consumer choice when it comes to purchasing hardware, selecting an operating system, choosing a network and accessing and sharing file formats.

Senior InstaColl representatives, including Chairman, Sabeer Bhatia, and Chief Executive Officer Sumanth Raghavendra, attended the Live Documents launch event in Mumbai.

“Live Documents offers a unique perspective on Office productivity and collaboration that merges the best of two worlds – the richness and familiarity of desktop software with the collaborative capabilities of the web. It provides a reliable bridge between the online and offline worlds that consumers and businesses can count on,” said Sabeer Bhatia, InstaColl Chairman. “Live Documents is the new productivity suite for the Internet generation providing flexibility lacking in traditional software while retaining that which is important from the past and extending it with unique collaborative capabilities. I believe that Live Documents does for documents what Hotmail did for e-mail,” he added further.

“Live Documents provides a sophisticated productivity and collaboration solution for both sets of users – people who want to completely avoid Microsoft Office applications and those who wish to continue working completely within these tools – and the real power of our solution is that it lets both sets of users work well with each other rather than create two silos working independently, ” said Kaushal Cavale, Chief Operating Office, InstaColl.

“From a technology and utility perspective, Live Documents offers two valuable improvements – firstly, it break’s Microsoft’s proprietary format lock-in and builds a bridge with other document standards such as Open Office and secondly, our solution matches features found only in the latest version of Office (Office 2007) such as macros, table styles and databar conditional formatting in Excel 2007 and live preview of changes in PowerPoint 2007. Thus, Live Documents lets consumers and businesses to derive the benefits of Office 2007 without having to upgrade,” said Adarsh Kini, Chief Technology Officer, InstaColl.

Starting today, a technology preview Live Documents is available on an on-invitation basis at with general availability to follow shortly. Live Documents is free for personal use with commercial versions available for enterprises both in a hosted form as well as an on-premise server. Several progressive corporations have pre-booked the Live Documents enterprise version for internal deployment. The first commercial enterprise version of Live Documents will be deployed at Aricent, the world’s leading independent communications software company with over 6,700 employees globally.

As a part of its constant initiative to foster and develop strategic alliances with the most influential pioneers and established technology providers in the world, InstaColl also announced its close ties and alignment with Intel. Said PV Mohan, Vice President Sales and Marketing, InstaColl, “Our status as Intel’s Associate Partner not only provides us with benefits designed to drive new product development and innovation, but also provides resources that help us increase our market presence. As part of our long-term focus, we remain committed to developing and selling products based on Intel platforms.”

Sign up for a free Live Documents account today at .



Though there are already online tools like Google Docs, this promises the SAME “feel” and functionality of Microsoft Office.

Plus, it’s not Google getting more access to your stuff! That’s increasingly a big factor as people sicken over Google privacy concerns. Google wants so much of your information that they can predict when you’ll sneeze to they can sell ads to tissue companies, and many folks just don’t want someone to have that much control over private data.


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