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oneDrum enables real-time collaboration on Microsoft Office files with its P2P desktop application

November 1, 2011

The only application that allows users to securely co-author, file share
and interact in real time on Microsoft Office documents

STIRLING, Scotland, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – oneDrum, a UK-based software development company, today launched its intuitive
peer-to-peer (P2P) desktop application that lets users securely
co-author, file-share and interact in real time on Microsoft Office
applications.

Inspired by the concept of a networked application that could reduce the
cost and friction associated with true collaboration, oneDrum was
developed to respond to the needs of the modern, mobile information
worker. The application brings Google Docs functionality and more to
Microsoft Office documents, with edits appearing in real time when
working online, while offline edits synchronize effortlessly when
connectivity is re-established.

Allowing users to work in their native Microsoft Office application
environment, oneDrum takes the compromise out of collaboration and is
the only application that lets users have shared documents on hand, and
up to date, at every moment. This all takes place using a simple and
complete security model that combines user authentication, network
security and data encryption to ensure that all aspects of the
collaboration process are secure.

“Our goal has always been to reset people’s understanding both of what a
networked application is, and how it should be built,” said Jasper Westaway, chief executive officer and founder. “We designed oneDrum to be insanely powerful and with as few
compromises as possible. Users want files to be accessible and editable
offline whilst co-authoring, file sharing and chat messaging are all
experiences that people have become accustomed to and need for
productivity.”

oneDrum is written in Java, allowing the application to support multiple
operating systems. The software supports all versions of Microsoft
Office in a Windows environment. Mac for oneDrum will launch in beta in
Q4 2011. File system integration for Mac will arrive this year, while
integration with Mac Office will arrive in the first half of 2012.

The next phase of cloud computing will need to adopt a hybrid model that
straddles data centers and user devices and applications more
effectively, and oneDrum offers this. oneDrum’s peer-to-peer technology
is resilient, totally secure, and scalable to any size of business. Its
advantage over cloud-based solutions is its immediate scalability and
inherent resilience.

Vectored transformation is the technology underpinning oneDrum and the
key to its unique approach. It is the mechanism that ensures that when
multiple people or devices are changing data, everyone has access to
and can edit that data, and that the data eventually becomes consistent
across all nodes.

Up until this point, most collaboration has been done using email and
attachments. oneDrum offers dramatic efficiency over email attachments
because the latest version of the document is always accessible to all
collaborators, changes occur in real time, users can see what edits are
happening and when, and it offers the ability to chat within the
oneDrum platform with others working on a file.

“In general, email looks like it helps collaboration, because it helps
people communicate and pass files around,” said Westaway. “In fact,
it’s a huge problem. Email results in proliferating legacy copies of
files and users are generally operating outside of any kind of
structured workflow. Receiving five versions of a document and having
to merge, edit, assess and audit everyone’s input is classic document
collaboration hell.”

Product availability
oneDrum can be accessed through www.onedrum.com. The software supports all versions of Microsoft Office in a Windows
environment and a Mac version will be launched in beta in Q4 2011.
Future plans include the development of an application programming
interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) to allow users to
customize any application they are developing or upgrading to enable it
to become collaborative. In February 2012, a premium,
subscription-based version will be released providing a variety of
extra features such as backup to the cloud and a self-hosted enterprise
option.

About oneDrum
oneDrum is a software-development company that is creating a unique
collaboration engine that at present includes an intuitive peer-to-peer
desktop application that brings Google Docs functionality and more to
Microsoft Office applications. oneDrum is a simple yet highly effective
tool that boosts workplace productivity by enabling seamless social
collaboration on documents between colleagues. Allowing users to work
in their native Microsoft Office application environment, oneDrum takes
the compromise out of collaboration and is the only application that
lets users have shared documents on-hand, and up-to-date, at every
moment. For more information, please visit: www.onedrum.com.

oneDrum and its associated logo are trademarks of Quolos Limited and are
the subject of trademark applications or registrations in various
countries around the world. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners. Some features available only in the Enterprise
Edition. Speak to our sales team on +44 (0) 845 018 1002 for more
information.

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