A Vision for the Future
Microsoft recently revealed their latest measure to ‘gently’ nudge everybody towards their vision for the future – the Office 365 platform. What Microsoft has stated is that after October 13, 2020, “Office 365 will only allow Office client connectivity from subscription clients (Office 365 ProPlus) or Office perpetual clients within mainstream support to connect to Office 365 services.”
For many of our clients, this raises several concerns. The main one we have been talking about involves the frequency of the updates released for Office 365 desktop apps. The apprehension this raises is extremely valid; Microsoft Office updates can (and will) break things in a large enterprise with a complex desktop build. To address this somewhat, Microsoft has said it will reduce the number of updates from three to two with Office 365 ProPlus. Here at Litéra, we are addressing this in our own way.
A New Type of Integration
For the last two years, we have been working on reinventing the Office add-in by using web-based Office 365 add-ins. We first unveiled these to clients at the ILTA Conference in 2015. Web-based add-ins operate as an alternative to the ‘com add-in’ model vendors have traditionally been using to integrate with Office.
What are the benefits of web-based add-ins vs com add-ins? First, they won’t break when Office updates! They can also operate on the desktop, Office Online, or Office apps on an iPad. To see one of these in action, you can test drive our Change-Pro Office 365 app by searching for Change-Pro in the Microsoft Office Store. How-to video here.
Office 365 apps are available for Change-Pro®, Litéra Smart Send™, Metadact®, Content Hub™ and innova™.
Our Commitment to Compatibility
We make a commitment to our clients to be compatible with changes to Office and Windows within 30 days of the GA release. We also run Office 365 ProPlus Current Channel as our production environment so that we get to experience the latest updates first and find/fix any issues with Litéra products before they get to you.
Vice President of Research and Development