HyperOffice Announces Major Upgrades To Service

This week I received an email from Shahab Kaviani from HyperOffice bringing me up to date with what is happening.

Shahab wrote: “There has been a flurry of activity at HyperOffice since the May 20 launch of our new UI, and I just wanted to give you an update. Since then, we have already had 2 major upgrades and made more than 50 enhancements to HyperOffice based on active feedback from users, spearheaded by our Product Development Committee. A majority of our customers have moved to the new UI, and we are more than glad at the adoption rate.

“The most recent upgrade was made last week in August, and the most notable new feature is the ability to convert an email into a task. As you know, we tend to use email to keep up with personal tasks or delegate tasks. A simple click allows users to convert an email into a “to-do” item, or push it into the project management system, where they can use PM features like project tracking, notifications, prioritization, gantt charts etc. This is a good example of the benefits of having productivity tools integrated in a single suite, and the opportunities it allows to innovate.”

Main points of the latest upgrades are:

  • Convert an email to a task directly from the mail module. Simply click the task icon beside the email subject, and add it to your personal to-do task list, or move it into the project management system. This small feature will drive big improvements in solving your overstuffed inbox problem. No more hunting for to-dos and team tasks in your inbox. No more missed tasks. Not only does this clear your in-box, but you get additional management tools your inbox doesn’t offer such as progress tracking, status updates, task priorities, assign and notify, etc.
  • Preview attachments. A “preview” button beside your attachment let’s you take a quick look at the attachment before you send it. This will help you when you need to make doubly sure that you are sending out the right file and the right version.
  • Subscribe to a project. If you are part of a project you want to keep top of, or simply want to track a project you are interested in, simply click on “subscribe”. You will be notified of all changes to the project including the addition of new tasks and changes to tasks already contained within the project. Task assignees are now notified when a task is completed. Whenever the status of a task is changed to “complete”, everyone who was assigned to the task will be automatically notified, and they can heave a sigh of relief.
  • Improved the personal desktop settings area. The screens are more intuitive and settings easier to manage. You can now filter and adjust what tasks are seen on your personal desktop. You can view all tasks assigned to you in every group for example. Simply click the “Modify Desktop” button at the top right hand corner of the personal desktop if this is permitted by your administrator. Then click the settings gear icon located near the title of the tasks component.

Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.