Microsoft is looking to boost law firm productivity ny taking legal professionals into the cloud-era with the launch of Matter Center for Office 365. This intuitive matter-centric document management and collaboration for lawyers is currently available in limited preview.
“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 utilize it in their own environments.”
Matter Center is a document management and collaboration solution that is centered towards law firms and law organizations, allowing them to work seamlessly with Office 365. Legal professionals can now easily find, organize, and collaborate on files without leaving the familiar Office tools they are used to.
Matter Center works alongside OneDrive for Business, offering 1TB of individual storage and a personal briefcase that automatically syncs your documents so you can access them anywhere at any time. Legal professionals can share files with each other and work simultaneously on documents with other attorneys. They can even track changes with automatic version control.
You can easily search and find documents directly within Outlook or Word, and even track or pin frequently used documents. Aside from better document management, Matter Center adds security-enhanced access and permission controls as well as reduced overhead.
“Matter Center for Office 365 is the product of months of collaboration between Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA) 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.”
Matter Center for Office 365 is currently available in a limited preview and you can head over here to sign up for the program.