We have developed several editing workflows using the Word app over the years. Our newest one is the easiest one which we have seen anywhere. This is in part because our LINK app securely integrates your Document Management System and Email with the Word app. Therefore, you can choose to edit a file from DMS or an email attachment and it will open directly in Word.
Take a look at our 2 minute, 44 second video to see this workflow.
Here’s what you don’t have to do in our workflow:
No need to copy the file in the Word app. LINK encrypts the file and moves it to Word.
No need to save the file as .docx in the Word file. LINK converts .doc to .docx for you.
No need to delete the file from the Word app after editing. LINK deletes it.
This video shows how straightforward it is to edit from LINK with the Word app.
LINK is integrated with iManage Work® 10, on-prem and in the Cloud; NetDocuments DMS; OneDrive; Network File Shares; and OpenText eDocs is in development. LINK is also integrated with Microsoft Exchange, therefore, you have your Outlook Email, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Notes within the LINK App.
If your attorneys are looking for a simple way to edit files in DMS or in Outlook email with the Word app, email me. We are happy to show you a demo of this workflow.
Attorneys have always loved the annotation in LINK because anytime you open a file in LINK, annotation is immediately on the same screen. Whether the file is in DMS or another file share, or whether it’s an attachment to email, it just takes a tap to bring up the annotation menu. Annotate, then tap to email or upload to DMS or a file share.
You can even save your signature and initials in LINK so that you can sign a file with a couple of taps on the annotation menu.
In our new release you’ll see:
Improved location of the annotation menu
New features, including page display settings and grid view
Enhanced layout of the annotation tools, for clearer discoverability
A lighter interface.
We’ve gotten wonderful feedback on these improvements. Thank you!
You can get a quick look at the new UI in this 17 second video:
To see LINK’s annotation in a full workflow, watch this video.
You will see how to use LINK’s split screen, then how to annotate a PDF, and email it.
If it looks simple, that’s because it really is. If you would like to see a demo via Zoom, write to me at: contact at mobilehelix dot com.
This is a fun week for us! With this new release LINK gives you the ability to multi-task on a tablet. We have also refreshed the LINK UI with a lighter look. The feedback has been fantastic. We appreciate the enthusiasm!
The key feature which enables multi-tasking is Split Screen Mode:
Multiple live tabs in each screen
Tabs are files and apps like DMS, Email, Intranet
Drag and drop a file or app
Annotate or compare files in either screen
Keep email open while you work
Here is a 14 second preview of LINK’s new Multi-tasking capabilities.
Let us know if you would like to see a demo of LINK.
Each year I look forward to Okta’s Businesses at Work report. Okta anonymizes data from its more than 9,400 customer entities. These are customers which use the Okta Identity Network (OIN) with its over 6,500 integrations with cloud, mobile, and web apps, and with IT infrastructure providers. The report is free, not even a registration is needed. To my knowledge no other public report provides this level of data on cloud application usage.
For data lovers it’s a treasure trove of facts about cloud usage. There are over 28 charts and tables. Download it here. I’ll share a few of my favorite insights from the report.
Most Popular Apps by Number of Customers
Microsoft 365 wins. I attended a legal technology conference in 2014. In a session on SharePoint, hosted by Microsoft, the roadmap showed that Outlook, Exchange, and, yes, SharePoint were all moving to the cloud in the form of Office 365. People exited the room in fury. At that time, most law firms were adamant – No Cloud. While there will always be law firms, especially “Big Law,” which will keep Outlook, SharePoint, and the Office Suite on-premises, the adoption of Office 365 or Microsoft 365 in the legal sector has been swift over the past two years. The Okta data reflects this.
This chart shows that the gap in usage between Microsoft 365 and all other applications, including AWS and Salesforce, has only widened in the past 5 years.
Most Popular Video Conferencing Apps
This graph highlights the steep curve in Zoom usage which we all lived through in 2020. At Mobile Helix, we started using Zoom heavily in 2017. We even perform our LINK system deployments remotely over Zoom in about two hours. When the pandemic hit, we were easily able to deploy LINK with IT staff who were themselves working from home. Customers favor our over-Zoom deployment over an on-site visit as it ends up taking less of their time.
Customers Authenticating With Each Factor
Phishing has been up 220% during the pandemic per F5’s2020 Phishing and Fraud Report (an excellent report on phishing). The Okta report quotes, “F5 warns that the login page of our most popular app, Microsoft 365 (M365), is one of the most popular targets for generic phishing because attackers know that stealing Office 365 credentials can grant them access not only to email but also corporate documents, finance, HR, and many other critical business functions.”
Strong Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) should be used with M365. The chart above shows that of Okta customers authenticating with a factor in addition to, or instead of a password, 82% use Okta Verify. The good news here is that weaker factors such as SMS and security questions are on the decline.
One of the positive conclusions from Okta’s 2021 Businesses at Work report has to be that as difficult as 2020 was, with 38M people applying for unemployment, if it had happened even 10 years earlier, how many people would have been unable to work from home? The growth of web-based applications, cloud-based services, and mobile apps resulted in most office jobs successfully transitioning to work-from-home in two or three weeks.
No. I’m not referring to the now infamous GoDaddy employee $650 holiday bonus email. Employees who responded to the email with the requested information were later informed that they had failed the company phishing test. If you have not yet read that dispiriting story, it’s here.
I am referring to this charming email which I received this morning.
It is from: “Mobilehelix passwordexpiration.”
Presumably, that would be warning enough for your employees to hit the “Delete” button posthaste.
If not that, then maybe those over-sized blue bands which overlap the line below would be a tip-off.
(I have obscured the recipient’s email address.)
This is a very good opportunity for me to show you a security feature in our LINK App. When you open an email in LINK you will always see the alias and below it the sender’s email address. You don’t have to tap or do anything else to display the email address. It’s there.
In this case the alias is the aforementioned, “Mobilehelix passwordexpiration.”
And the email address is, “email@example.com.”
If your employee were uncertain as to whether to hit that “Delete” button, I think that seeing that the email is from “firstname.lastname@example.org” would be the icing on the cake. This email is definitely not from the company IT department. Delete.
We are serious about security at Mobile Helix. Much of what we build into the LINK system, such as certificate-based device registration in the new user registration process, is behind the scenes. It’s invisible to your employee and works in the background.
But this security feature is a designed to help your employees to be watchdogs for senders with devious intentions. 90% of organizations experienced targeted phishing attacks in 2019. Humans are the weakest link. This is one simple tool to help all of us to be vigilant.
Originally published in LinkedIn on December 28, 2020
Here is a great new feature in LINK which I use several times a day. When you open a web page in the LINK app using LINK’s browser, you can now tap the familiar Safari button to open the page in the device’s Safari browser.
You can open a link in an email, or in a document, or from an application page, then tap the Safari button to open the page outside of LINK. Here is an example.
I use the Safari button when I receive a link to an uncommon video conference or signature service (we test the popular ones in the LINK browser), or when a page is not rendering correctly. I also use the Safari button when I want to read something, but not now. I open it in Safari. It stays open in Safari. Then I can go back to LINK and continue working.
Sound good? Here are other benefits of the Safari button:
Safari is where you do your personal browsing. If you are logged in to nytimes.com, for example, those cookies are cached in Safari. If you click a hyperlink in Link, your cookies/password manager are not available to you. Better to just browse in Safari.
The LINK browser routes all traffic through your office network. The Safari button allows you to move all personal web browsing into your personal browser. This (a) keeps your work network safe, and (b) prevents web proxies that your company establishes from intercepting and monitoring your traffic. It is a simple matter of employee privacy – you should always have the ability to keep your personal business personal.
Native Safari has special capabilities that LINK does not. In particular, Safari has knowledge of all the apps on your device and many sites will use this capability to automatically launch a mobile app, rather than continuing to view a website in the browser. Safari also has a few important features that are not implemented in LINK’s browser. Chief amongst them is WebRTC, which is a protocol for real-time applications like in-browser video conferencing.
IT can control when Link automatically pushes hyperlinks clicked in email to the native Safari browser. For example, IT can configure Facebook links to automatically open in Safari outside of the LINK container.
Have any questions? Let me know at email@example.com.
LINK’s in-app annotation is an attorney favorite. LINK has long had the feature to sign and initial documents. Now we have added stamps for time, date, and time/date. No writing. Just tap to insert a signature and date.
Here’s how to do it on either a smartphone or tablet.
From the open document, tap the Paper/Pencil icon in the upper right
The annotation menu will appear on the left
To add a signature. tap the “J” icon, then tap the signature
To add a date, tap the Stamp icon
From the Stamps, tap the date, time, or date/time
Then position it on the document
That’s literally all there is to it. Now you can email the document or save it to DMS or file storage.
Let’s face it, Email is vital to our work, but it’s also tedious and time consuming. In LINK we care about features which make Email management more efficient.
LINK’s configurable “Swipe Menus” are one of those features. Here are 3 key things to know about Swipe Menus.
I. Color-Coded: By popular demand, menus are now color-coded per the task.
– DELETE: RED
– ARCHIVE : BLUE
– FLAG: ORANGE
– REPLY/FORWARD/FILE: GREY
– VIP: RED
– READ/UNREAD: BLUE
II. More Options from Either Side
Now you can select any of these options from either Left or Right Slide: Delete, File, Flag, Unread, Forward, Reply, VIP, Archive
There are 3 swipe left options and 2 swipe right options.
From the Inbox, tap the Gear Icon, in the upper right to go to Settings. Select your options. Then Save.
Bonus: VIP Notifications
Don’t forget to use your VIP features. You can make any correspondent a VIP by swiping and tapping on VIP. Then in Settings, select a distinct sound for VIP notifications. Learn all about VIP notifications in this video.
I hope that these swipe menus make your life easier!