What is Glue42 for Office?
Glue42 for Office is a product that enables developers to connect Office applications including Excel, Outlook and Word to interoperate in real-time with web applications.
End users are able to work in whichever UI they prefer and use applications on the desktop as a workspace for tasks such as copy editing and data manipulation. All data is shared between the desktop and web apps in real-time, synchronised in both directions, so that a user can click in one application to instantly load data in another. If users want to work in Office apps but need to store data in web applications, they can do so without having to copy and paste anything between windows.
Why UX Integration?
Glue42 for Office at a glance
Mobile and web apps have proven that user experience (UX) is a vital component of software development. UX is not about how pretty an application is, but about how easy it is to use. Is the information a user needs at their fingertips? Is it easy to do everyday tasks or is the process lengthy, complex or cumbersome? The companies that have pioneered user experience led software have had great success and everyone else is running to catch up.
UX has often been a secondary consideration for in-house applications - or at least in-house teams that don’t have the resources of Apple or Google to devote to UX.
UX integration to the rescue
Wouldn’t it be great if Office desktop and modern web applications could communicate with each other in real time and present the user a single contextually relevant interface? And wouldn’t it be nice if this happened without lag and without the need to rewrite code over and over again?
If only these separate types of apps could somehow be Glued together, so that they are still independent, but loosely coupled so the user has the data they need right in front of them, without latency.
Glue42’s UX integration allows just that. It allows developers to combine elements of disparate apps together in real time.
UX integration provides great value to a business:
- The benefit of a new application, without the pain and expense of a total rewrite
- The perception of running a single desktop application
- Enhancements to familiar tools such as CRMs
Real-time messaging, not slow web services. Glue42 for Office is powered by a high performance real-time messaging system which enables instant UX integration and matches the speed of your users’ actions.
What can I do with Glue42 for Office?
At the click of a button, users can launch Office applications from within the browser, pre-loaded with relevant data from the web application that they are using. For example, if a user is viewing portfolio data in an in-house web application, they can click ‘view in Excel’ to bring up a new Excel window displaying the same data. If the user then edits that data in the Excel window and clicks ‘save’, all data is pushed back into the web application in real-time. Data validation can be performed by the web app, but the continuous synchronisation means that validation issues are instantly flagged in Excel.
Use Excel, with its familiar functionality, such as macros and pivot tables, to create sophisticated calculations, or continue to use those that may have accumulated over the years, whilst being able to save all data edits to your web app in real-time.
Edit and format copy in Word, including WordArt, tables and drawings, making use of the familiar and powerful capabilities of the most popular word processing tool in the world.
Send and receive emails and manage tasks from web applications using all the familiar capabilities of Outlook.
How does Glue42 for Office help me?
If you’re a developer working with users who love using Excel, Outlook and Word then Glue42 for Office helps you to serve these users by enabling them to continue working in the applications they prefer. The real-time integration that Glue42 for Office provides means that centralized control of data in the organization does not have to mean that users can only use in-house web apps. Instead they can benefit from the functionality and familiarity of Office desktop applications, without saving any data locally and being able to access all data from web applications as if they are still working in the browser.
For developers this means that you don’t have to spend time messing about with grid components and text editors that your users don’t want to use. You can focus on implementing things that add value to your business.
If you’re an end user, you’re working in a familiar environment and don’t have to learn new and incompatible UIs. Continue using Office apps whenever it suits you, without having to worry about copy and paste or switching windows.
How does Glue42 for Office work?
Glue42 for Office utilizes Glue messaging to connect applications.
Glue42 for Office installs an add-in for each of the Office applications, which transparently handles the real-time messaging. The user does not need local admin rights to install these add-ins.
Developers are then able to Glue-enable web applications to interwork with the Office apps, by writing a few lines of code.