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On 10/03/2012 02:23 PM, Doug wrote:
On 10/03/2012 01:20 PM, Jay Lozier wrote:

One commenter noted that most SOHO users do not need the
collaboration features in MSO (or any office suite). Also, I am not
sure that many of the collaboration features are used extensively in
large organizations.sides.
I guess I don't understand something here. Almost 20 years ago, I
wrote user manuals for equipment I designed, and had the software
engineer modify them as required for the user programming
requirements. (This was for burglar-alarm systems.)  there was no problem
using the MS software that existed then--it would mark modifications
with red underlines or something similar.  I'd just send the copy over
the network to my software person, and she would do whatever was
necessary, and send the copy back for me to check it and release it.
No special "collaboration" software, but we certainly collaborated.
What's the big deal?

--doug (Retired RF Engineer)


MSO has some tools designed for real-time collaborative document
production that allow distributed groups to work on the same document
and track each person's edits, etc. I have not used these features;
primarily because I never needed to use them. Thus I do not know how
well they work. The implicit assumption is that all users can have
simultaneous access to the same document version.

Some the editing features such as track all changes are sometimes useful
for a large document. What you are describing is not what MS is trying
to push. Often what is needed for collaboration is what you are
describing: create, edit, revise, (edit, revise), release.

Jay Lozier

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