July 09, 2012, 1:47 PM — There's no shortage of software out there designed to help foster collaboration
in businesses large and small, but this past week a key open
source contender got a major update that makes it particularly worth considering.
The package is Group-Office, and a major update to version 4.0
was released on Wednesday.
With tools for sharing projects, calendars, files, and e-mail online with co-workers and clients, Group-Office
is designed to be not just easy to use but also fully customizable. Here are some of the reasons the software is
worth checking out.
A New Document Workflow Module
Now in version 4.0, the software has gained a bunch of new capabilities.
Among the new features, for example, is one that lets users search through the contents of files. Also included
are CardDAV support, locking capabilities in the files module, a
document workflow module, and ticket groups for better permissions management.
An improved file upload component has been added as well, as have synchronization photo support, synchronization
of multiple calendars, and enhancements to the optional billing module that let it create invoices, quotes, and
orders in OpenOffice
as well as
Microsoft Word, and allow it to handle both purchase orders and stock.
A new scanbox module, meanwhile, can handle scanned documents.
A Free and Open Source Option
The community version of Group-Office 4.0 is available on SourceForge as a free download.