Moves out of Beta, Announces New Tables
Article by George Norman
On 15 Jun 2009
Adobe, California-based company that specializes in creating multimedia and creativity software products, has announced the fact that its cloud-based office suite,, is no longer in Beta. While announcing the fact that moved out of Beta, Adobe also announced the fact that it will introduce two new paid subscription services aimed for the business user. Adobe also shed some light into what features it plans to add to in the future: shared team workspaces, smartphone access, and a spreadsheet-like application called Tables to complement Labs Presentations.

Senior Vice President with Adobe’s Business Productivity Unit, Rob Tarkoff, comments: “ is poised to become the online destination for team collaboration, with the tools business people need to get work done faster, together, from anywhere. Our customers have moved from e-mailing multiple versions of documents back and forth to collaborating on documents directly in a fluid online environment. Over the next 12 months, we will continue to add powerful yet simple-to-use team collaboration capabilities that establish a new way to work, while removing barriers to getting work done within and across companies and around the world.”


Here are some of the means in which Adobe plans to extend’s team collaboration capabilities:
- Real-time document collaboration tools based on the Adobe Flash Platform.
- Simple and streamlined UI (user interface).
- Shared team workspaces.
- Smartphone access support for iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Mobile devices.
- Social media style updates so that users know what has been changed and what need to be done with a particular document.
- Import and export support for Microsoft, Open Office and PDF formats.
- Deeper integration with Adobe’s and Microsoft’s desktop tools.
- Better support for the Adobe developer community.

The two new paid subscription services aimed for the business user that we mentioned above are:
Premium Basic: at $14.99 per month or $149 per year comes with Adobe ConnectNow Web meeting capacity for 5 users and the option to convert 10 documents to PDF per month.
Premium Plus: at $39 per month or $390 per year comes with ConnectNow Web meeting capacity for 20 users the option to convert an unlimited number of documents to PDF.

Program Vice President, Content and Digital Media Technologies, IDC, Melissa Webster comments: “Improved collaboration is a critical need for today’s companies that must move faster and do more with less. At the same time, business people expect to use online technology at work just like they do outside the workplace – especially the generation now entering the workforce. Successful online collaboration tools will show the potential of cloud-based services to revolutionize the way business people get work done by helping teams stay connected and work together much more efficiently in real-time.”

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