Microsoft reveals preview version of Matter Center for Office 365

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 19 August 2014
Microsoft reveals preview version of Matter Center for Office 365

Microsoft has revealed a preview version of Matter Center for Office 365 to help address the unique document management and collaboration requirements of legal professionals.

Matter Center is an intuitive document management and collaboration solution aimed at law firms and law departments. The solution works seamlessly with Office 365 and provides users with an easy way to find, organise and collaborate on files while using familiar Microsoft productivity tools. 

“Microsoft has built a security-enhanced, cloud-based document management application that allows our professionals to quickly locate and collaborate on documents with our counsel from virtually anywhere,” said John Frank, vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft. “We’ve decided to make this solution more broadly available at the request of our outside counsel, who want to utilise it in their own environments.” 

Matter Center provides legal professionals with security-enhanced access to information at any time and from virtually any device. The solution works with OneDrive for Business and provides users with 1 TB of individual storage and a ‘personal briefcase’, which synchronises documents to enable users to access them both online and offline.

The solution supports file sharing and security-enhanced access and permission controls. Matter Center also helps users reduce the amount of administrative resources needed to support a document management system, meaning legal professionals are able to spend more time working with clients.

Furthermore, adding Matter Center to existing on-premises solutions such as SharePoint and Exchange helps users gain greater value from a unified productivity platform.

The solution includes enterprise-grade security, management and administrative controls, and is compliant with multiple industry standards.

By deploying Matter Center in the cloud, law firms can reduce cost and time of upgrades and migrations, as Office 365 is always up to date.

“Matter Center for Office 365 is the product of months of collaboration between Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs division, outside law firms, and our Office 365 product engineering teams,” said Tejas Mehta, group product manager for Matter Center at Microsoft. “We are very excited to bring Matter Center to market in the near future.”

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