Colligo Contributor Provides Better Email Integration with SharePoint

SharePoint is a heavily browser-based experience. At times, that makes for a strange disconnect with one's desktop-based experience. The most egregious example is that of email. To get an email into SharePoint, you have to extract the message, such as by dragging and dropping it onto your desktop. That makes an .msg file. Then, in SharePoint, you browse your computer to find the .msg file, you point at it, and it's uploaded to SharePoint. Then you may wish to enter in metadata, such as who the sender is.

Colligo has a useful set of tools that enhance the SharePoint experience. The latest version, 4.0, has some interesting features:

  • Contributor Uploader for Outlook. Lets you seamlessly transfer emails between Outlook and SharePoint.
  • Attachment Manager. Lets you upload attachments seamlessly to SharePoint. The file is replaced, in the email, by a link. The document, now in SharePoint, can now be worked on by a group of people. That's very useful.
  • Contributor File Manager. This lets you use Windows Explorer to browse not just your desktop, but also the SharePoint workspace. Right clicking an item lets you do SharePointy things.

Normally, Colligo sells its Contributor suite in a bundle. Quantity one pricing for this is $179/seat for a perpetual license. Optional annual maintenance is 25%. Quantity one pricing for Contributor Uploader alone is $75/seat; Contributor File Manager alone is $125/seat. Volume discounts apply.

... David Ferris

One Comment

  1. Posted July 3, 2009 at 2:03 AM | Permalink

    David,

    Thanks very much for the mention of Colligo Contributor 4.0. The product will be released to market on July 13th, and, if interested, people will be able to request a trial at http://www.colligo.com/products/sharepoint/contributor_info_request.asp. To see a demo of the new product in action, I’d suggest viewing the June 30 webinar at the Colligo Resource Center (www.colligo.com/articles/ResourceCenter.asp), which is available for replay now.

    Cheers,

    Barry Jinks,
    President & CEO,
    Colligo Networks, Inc.

  2. Martin Soltau
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 10:43 PM | Permalink

    INteresting Topic.
    How about Microsoft Office 2010 and Groove / Sharepoint Workspace. Do these support Mail-Transfer similar to Colligo Contributor? Or is this function still missing in a plain Microsoft setup without external Tools?
    Kind regards,
    Martin Soltau

  3. Posted July 21, 2009 at 10:52 PM | Permalink

    Martin,

    I don’t think Office 2010 solves the problem for SharePoint. But I’m not absolutely sure of that.

    david

  4. Dr Gregory Uppington
    Posted February 9, 2010 at 12:32 AM | Permalink

    Hi David

    Your knowledge and comments are invaluable to us and I want to say my appreciation to you.

    This email issue is a vital hinge-point on our EDMS decision for 7000 users. Your comment has opened our eyes to the required workarounds and limitations of SP2010 that we now can put into our business case. Your comment may have saved the headaches of thousands of doctors and nurses.

    Thanks David

    regards
    Dr Gregory Uppington

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