I have covered harmon.ie before (see harmon.ie Mobile Brings SharePoint to the iPad and harmon.ie Provides Social Email to Help Drive Enterprise Collaboration Adoption), and they are building on this work to now offer version 1.0 of harmon.ie for SharePoint – Office 2013 Edition. It is one of the initial offerings in Microsoft’s new Office 2013 app store for Outlook. I spoke with David Lavenda of hamon.ie, who discussed this latest move.
According to Lavenda, the new plug-in for Office Web Apps (OWA) provides the same integration of SharePoint collaboration and social capabilities in the cloud-based email client as they do on the desktop. So harmon.ie’s newest product provides a user experience that is consistent across the Outlook desktop and Web clients, as well as on iPads and iPhones, enabling users to perform collaboration tasks such as uploading a document to SharePoint using drag-and-drop and replacing attachments in outgoing emails with SharePoint links with a single click. Below is a sample desktop screen of harmon.ie for SharePoint.
Here is a sample screen for harmon.ie for Office 2013, v 1.0.
And here is iPad screen for harmon.ie Mobile.
I mentioned that integration is a recurring theme I have been hearing in the market for good reason. Social software does not realize its value unless it can integrate with traditional work apps like Office and SharePoint. Now harmon.ie offers the glue that connects SharePoint to these widely used Microsoft products, bringing collaboration to workers, where they work.
It takes about 30 seconds to download and install the desktop version from their Web site and the mobile version from the iTunes store. All of the integrations are then immediately put in placevia an automatic install. Once you register your SharePoint site and enter your credentials, you’re good to go. Gone are the days of laborious systems integration efforts.
In addition to integrating SharePoint collaboration functions, harmon.ie adds social capabilities such as an activity stream from SharePoint to follow documents and people. This capability is not in SharePoint but is part of what harmon.ie brings. Its client-side analytics will also suggest new colleagues to connect with based on who you are working with, what documents you are sharing, and even your Outlook email activity.
This is a great move and I am sure it is welcomed in the SharePoint world.