V3.co.uk - by Michael Passingham 10 Dec 2013
Social collaboration firm Huddle has unveiled Note, a new lightweight note-taking and sharing application, aimed at mobile workers tempted by similar products from Evernote, Google and cloud storage company Box. The London-based company has also revamped its iOS offering, and Android updates are due to arrive in 2014.
The cross-platform service offers basic word processing within Huddle's enterprise software on desktop and mobile devices. Huddle Note is intended to be a lightweight supplement to software suites such as Microsoft Office and Google Docs for workers who do not require more complex functionality.
In addition to editing, users can view document version histories, leave feedback in the form of chat messages and keep track of who has viewed the file, much like any other file stored on a business Huddle installation. Documents can be created while a user is offline, and will be synced to Huddle servers once an internet connection is established.
Huddle Note is a clear competitor to Box Notes, which was unveiled by the cloud storage startup in September. While it features slightly more advanced features such as simultaneous document editing similar to Google Docs, Box's product is currently in its beta stages. Huddle chief executive Alastair Mitchell was keen to point out that Huddle Note is a fully fledged release. He said: "What's interesting is that two very intelligent teams 8,000 kilometers apart are developing very similar features picking on the same megatrend.
"This whole trend and move to different types of content and more lightweight word processing and content creation is further evidence of businesses moving to the cloud away from legacy stacks."
Mitchell explained that more advanced features like embedding video and real-time editing would eventually appear as the product evolves.
Elsewhere, Huddle's iOS mobile app has received an overhaul, including the addition of Note, better notifications and improved file syncing. A similarly updated version of the firm's Android app is due in early 2014, but Mitchell noted that a beta version of Note for Android is already available to try.