Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bitrix24 announces integration with Google Docs, offers free mobile CRM and video chat, and provides self-hosted versions of its popular free service.

Bitrix, Inc. has announced a major upgrade of its popular online social intranet service, Bitrix24. The changes include integration with Google Docs, release of a ‘drive’ style desktop app, support for WebRTC-based videochat, and multiple CRM enhancements.

“Despite being just one year old and still a beta, Bitrix24 now offers more options and functions than our more established competitors like Yammer, Chatter, Podio, Tibbr and others. Almost sixty thousand small businesses have signed up with our service since its launch last April, which makes Bitrix24 one of the most popular Enterprise 2.0 tools created specifically for the SMB market”, - said Dmitry Valyanov, president of Bitrix, Inc.

Bitrix24 has continued integrating the service with the most popular Google Apps by adding an option to work with documents through Google Docs.It also released Bitrix24.Disk for Windows and Mac – a desktop application that makes storing, working with and synchronizing documents between personal computers and cloud storage easy and automatic.Addition of a Records Management tool means that there is now even greater flexibility in the product for collaboration using structured data and workflow.

The service has also added a Skype-like group and videochat based on the popular WebRTC protocol. The Android and iOS apps have been updated to support the CRM, which will have free invoicing coming next month.

“Even though we initially intended Bitrix24 to be a tool for small businesses, we’ve had several enterprise clients who wanted to use Bitrix24 on their own servers and customize it to better meet their needs. So we are announcing that we have self-hosted versions that support Active Directory, SSO, MS Exchange, Sharepoint Sync, include learning management, and come with API and source code,” – added Mr. Valyanov.

The Bitrix24 cloud service is 100% free to any business with 12 employees or fewer.
About Bitrix24

Bitrix24 ( http://www.bitrix24.com ) is the maker of a high-end intranet available as a cloud-based service. Bitrix24 was launched in beta in April of 2012 and quickly reached the 60,000 sign-up mark, making it the world's leading social intranet provider for small businesses. The service stands out for its extremely well-integrated and robust toolset with over 35 components.