Sabeer Bhatia backed Instacoll launches online Office Suite
November 24, 2007 | In: Uncategorized
Indian software product company, InstaColl today announces the launch of Live Documents, a hybrid online-offline Office suite of applications.
Instacoll which is led by Sabeer Bhaita, has earlier raised funding from Softbank (read Sabeer Bhatia back to business, Instacoll raises funding from Softbank).
Live Documents is a full-featured suite of online Office productivity applications offering functionality equivalent to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Built using RIA technologies such as Flash and Flex, Live Documents allow users to view and edit documents within any common browser on any operating system from anywhere. Live Documents uses a Flash-based user interface that offers a richer and responsive user experience that is comparable to native Office software applications.
In addition, Live Documents is available as a optional desktop client application that wraps around Microsoft Office and embeds collaborative capabilities into these hitherto standalone software applications – Live Documents converts Microsoft Office applications from static standalone software to smart clients that are connected to the Internet and facilitate in-context document sharing (multiple people can edit a document at the same time) and management (security, access control and revision control) without requiring users to give up their familiar user interfaces. The Live Documents desktop client also ensures offline access to documents – a key failing of current online Office applications.
Instacoll had earlier launched hosted services for business users and with its live-documents.com it aims to expand its usage and build visibility for the product while directly competing with Google Docs and other online office productivity suits.
Sabeer Bhatia, who became a poster boy of dotcom era after successful sale of hotmail to Microsoft for a reported USD 400 mn, is yet to taste success post hotmail. His earlier venture Arzoo.com folded where the investors had to write off their investment in Arzoo. Sabeer reincarnated Arzooo.com in 2006 as a travel portal in order to capture a share in India’s booming online travel industry without any success.
Sabeer Bhatia also launched a social networking site called apnacircle.com which again seems to be floating somewhere in already crowded social networking space.
Hence whether Live-documents will create waves like hotmail and might become an acquisition target for Microsoft / Google / Yahoo or will follow the path of Arzoo, is a question which only time will tell.