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DMS Support for Office 2013

Brian Podolsky

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If I feel like I wrote this post 3 years ago for Office 2010, it’s probably because I did. With each new Microsoft Office release, there is always interest to see when each major DMS vendor will integrate and support it. OpenText eDOCS DM and HP/Autonomy iManage usually announce release dates for support of the new platform, and then usually announce delayed release dates for support of the new platform. It happened before, and it happened again this year with Office 2013. Due to the level of their integration with applications, Worldox tends to lead the pack with offering support rather quickly – and this year is no exception. Worldox GX3 fully supported Office 2013 (32-bit) as of May 2013. However, both eDOCS DM and iManage do not integrate with Office 2013 at all yet.Office 2013

I realize that Office 2013 added the Office Backstage view to the Save interface, and I’m the first to admit that I am not a software developer, but I am surprised it has taken this long to provide integration. We have had a few clients want to deploy Office 2013, but couldn’t do so because of lack of DMS support. One client was about to purchase Office365 for their enterprise, but didn’t end up purchasing it because Office365 licenses don’t include downgrade rights – effectively forcing firms to deploy Office 2013.

Here’s where we currently stand:

  • HP/Autonomy WorkSite 9.0: Windows 8 and Office 2013 support will be provided in Update 4, scheduled to be released by end of the year. There are no plans to add support on the 8.5 platform.
  • OpenText eDOCS DM 5.x: Office 2013 support will be provided in a patch to DM 5.3.1 Update 4, scheduled to be released at the end of August 2013.
  • Worldox GX3: Office 2013 has been supported since May 2012.
As with any new functionality from DMS products, it is always best to fully QA the update in a test environment prior to deploying in production. The coming weeks and months will provide more opportunities for firms to start testing Windows 8 and Office 2013, and start appeasing those VIPs who have been asking for Microsoft’s latest software on their enterprise tablets.