Sabeer Bhatia bets big on Instacoll's Live Documents

"Live Documents will do for documents what Hotmail did for email," Bhatia, Chairman of Instacoll, which had tied up with the Karnataka Government and Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) for its products, told PTI.

It would free documents from confines of the desktop and open up new vistas of collaboration and accessibility,he said.Live Documents is the Office suite for the next generation, combining the power and responsiveness of the desktop with the collaboration capabilities of the Web. It allows users to create, edit and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the browser or on the desktop.
"In three to four years, we have deveoped an application that is equivalent to Microsoft Office. It has all the components. Live Writer is equivalent to Word while Live spreadsheet is equivalent of excel, Live Presentation is equivalent to Power Point and Live Box equivalent to outlook", he said.

Instacoll has tied up with Karnataka government for Live InBox, a next generation e-mail application and messaging system. Live Inbox was rolled out on a pilot basis in Dakshina Kannada and Tumkur districts in the last six months and now would be launched in all 30 districts of the state, he said.

Nearly 300,000 computers would now have the software which was completely made in India and developed in Bangalore, he said.

Built using Adobe Flash and AIR, the email solution is a unique mix of rich features and great usability and will cater to the needs of both casual users as well as experts with sophisticated requirements, said Sumanth Raghavendra, CEO and co-founder of the company. The company also tied up with VTU for Live Documents, he said.

The best part of application was that it "encompasse both the worlds", Bhatia said, adding it could be used as part of the cloud or on a standalone desktop.

It was 100 per cent compatible with Microsoft Office, he said adding no data could be lost during import or export of data from the other appliction to this one, he said.The product also had some enhanced features which included integration with Twitter. "Even as a person is making a live persentation, others could tweet during the presentation", he said. The other useful feature was it could be translated into other languages.

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