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03 December 2008, 13:29

Liferay's Social Office: a budget, cross-platform, MS Sharepoint alternative

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Open source enterprise portal vendor Liferay has announced a new collaboration product called Social Office. Liferay positions the software as a budget alternative to Microsoft's Sharepoint. Social Office supports Sharepoint's protocols, so that documents can be opened, saved, locked and edited in MS Office.

As well as its base functions – to create and manage intranet sites and shared document pools, with content management, workflow and collaboration, Social Office provides additional features such as team calendars, blogs, wikis, a message board and instant messaging. The company claims that Social Office's integral webmail system can work with most IMAP mail hosts.

Liferay Social Office is available to download as a beta version under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL – a special version of the GPL for web-hosted, software-as-a-service style applications). Versions are available for both Windows and Linux servers.

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