Interwoven banks on Office 12

Newly appointed Interwoven Australia managing director Chris Lynch has wasted no time spruiking interoperability with the Microsoft platform and the forthcoming Office 12 release.

Office 12 is expected to ship in the second half of 2006 and earlier this year Interwoven and Microsoft formed an enterprise content management (ECM) partnership.

"Microsoft is stating that ECM is becoming more mainstream and the way it operates is to provide a lightweight DRM (Digital Rights Management) functionality in new products. For customers to get the full breadth they need to look at solutions from other vendors, but Interwoven already has integration with the SharePoint portal," Lynch said.

Interwoven marketing director Andrew Antal said the driver behind the Microsoft ECM deal is that Interwoven is looking to focus on platforms with the greatest install base - hence Microsoft.

"Most organizations that we are focusing on, whether they be in legal, professional services, or banking and finance, generally revolve around Microsoft or Lotus Notes," Antal said.

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