Sabeer Bhatia bets big on Instacoll's Live Documents

Thursday, 30 September 2010, 19:48 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Hotmail co-founder is betting big on Live Documents, a new web-enabled Office productivity suite launched by his start-up firm, Instacoll, to revolutionise the office space.

" will do for documents what Hotmail did for email," Bhatia, the Chairman of Instacoll, which had tied up with the Karnataka Government and Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) for its products, told PTI.

It will free documents from the confines of the desktop and open up new vistas of collaboration and accessibility, he said.

Live Documents is the Office suite for the next generation, combining the power and responsiveness of the desktop with the collaboration capabilities of the web. It allows users to create, edit and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the browser or on the desktop.

"In three to four years, we have developed an application that is equivalent to Office. It has all the components. Live Writer is equivalent to Word, while Live spreadsheet is the equivalent of Excel, Live Presentation is equivalent to Power Point and Live Box equivalent to Outlook," he said.

has tied up with the Karnataka government for Live InBox, a next generation e-mail application and messaging system. Live Inbox was being implemented on a pilot basis in the Dakshina Kannada and Tumkur districts in the last six months and now, it will be launched in all 30 districts of the state, he said.

Nearly 300,000 computers will now have the software, which was completely made in India and developed in Bangalore, he said.

Built using Adobe Flash and AIR, the email solution is a unique mix of rich features and great usability and will cater to the needs of both casual users as well as experts with sophisticated requirements, said Sumanth Raghavendra, the CEO and co-founder of the company. The company also tied up with VTU for Live Documents, he said.

The best part of application was that it "encompasses both the worlds," Bhatia said, adding it could be used as part of a cloud or on a standalone desktop.

It was 100 per cent compatible with Microsoft Office, he said, adding that no data could be lost during import or export of data from the other application to this one, he said.

The product also had some enhanced features, including integration with Twitter. "Even as a person is making a live presentation, others could tweet during the presentation," he said. The suite can also be accessed in a number of languages.
Source: PTI
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