It is a well-known fact that Microsoft is making significant investments on their shift to a mobile-first, cloud-first world. As the linchpin behind Satya Nadella’s role as Microsoft CEO, the company has made great strides of late as they have brought software such as Delve, Sway and Cortana, as well as hardware including the Surface Pro 3 to life. On August 31, 2015, almost two years after that shift took place, we are learning about some of the internal work Microsoft has done to help themselves again shift from great software, to meaningful products that push this new dimension further. To this end, it became public knowledge that Microsoft has developed a collaborative solution for its Legal & Corporate Affairs Group (LCA).
Now available as an add-in to Office 365, Microsoft designed the tool to allow Microsoft’s internal legal team to collaborate on documents within Office 365. With that momentum, Matter Center for Office 365 is now becoming available to legal professionals at law firms and in-house departments of all sizes. Matter Center provides many features to customers, highlighted by real-time collaboration for users looking to access and edit documents simultaneously as well as accessing content anywhere, across multiple platforms. The add-in also includes compliance and control technology to aid in tracking and maintaining security standards across the enterprise.
As a SharePoint consultant, customers frequently ask me to offer advice based on what other organizations do with particular Microsoft products. In fact, many career consultants have flourished because of their hands-on knowledge of specific companies, and applied lessons learned appropriately to a wider audience. Based on Microsoft’s internal legal knowledge and procedural needs, the creation of Matter Center for Office 365 allows organizations the functionality required to succeed internally. What else is Microsoft creating to aid specific business units or workloads within the organization? I for one can’t wait to find out.
Current Office 365 customers can visit the Matter Center website for more information on subscription requirements.