Bloomberg Law: Microsoft Debuts Matter Center for Office 365


Microsoft Corp. said on Monday that it soon will begin offering legal software so that attorneys can more easily organize and collaborate on documents within Office 365.

Matter Center, an add-in for Office 365 developed for Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs division, allows users to access legal matters from Outlook, and it ties Word, Excel, OneNote and other files to those matters, Microsoft said in a blog post.

Partners including Epona, Handshake Software, LawPoint365, Perficient, Ubiquity Wave, Project Leadership Associates and the PayneGroup will begin offering the product broadly in the coming weeks, the company said.

Microsoft Services will provide fee consulting and support services beginning in September, and the product will be available broadly through GitHub later in the year, the company said.

It is available for personal computers, tablets and phones across Windows, Apple and Android devices.

Customers and law firms that worked with Microsoft asked that the product be made available for their use, said Nishan DeSilva, senior director for technology solutions and evangelism in the company’s legal and corporate affairs division.

“As the industry is transforming to the cloud, we have been ahead of everyone else, because we get to use our own technology first,” he said in an interview.

In addition to the ability to work across devices, Matter Center is unique in that it is integrated with Microsoft’s OneNote, SharePoint and Delve, DeSilva said.

Early pilot customers include Olswang LLP; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Plc; Ragen Swan PLLC, and Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, according to Microsoft.

More information on Matter Center, click here.

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