First Look: Polaris Office Expands to Desktop

polarisPolaris Office, a powerhouse in the cloud office market, tells MMW that it is expanding to desktop and is launching in the U.S. market through the general availability of its new cloud-based productivity suite.

The company’s productivity suite “breaks down the siloes of traditional office ecosystems” by offering powerful office productivity functionality such as file viewing, sophisticated editing and sync-and-share capabilities across multiple platforms and devices.

The barrier-free solution combines access to popular applications such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive all on one centralized platform.

In response to enterprises’ increasingly distributed workforces and the need for cross-functional, collaborative productivity software solutions, Polaris Office developed its next-generation, cloud-based productivity suite to combine the convenience of Google Docs with the deep functionality of Microsoft Office, the company says.

Polaris Office is a fully-integrated software solution, enabling collaboration across existing cloud storage platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive and compatibility with .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf file types. The office software suite has acquired over 37 million users worldwide since its launch in 2014 in various markets including Korea and China.

“The cloud has been transforming the way we work and communicate for the past decade, and the future of workplace collaboration now lies in flexible, cloud-based tools,” said Kwak Min-cheol, founder and CEO of Infraware (the parent company of Polaris Office). “Our cloud-based productivity suite is a disruptive solution that goes beyond the current offerings in the U.S., giving users a truly barrier-free, cost-effective option to access their favorite tools in one place. The U.S. office software marketplace has long needed a challenger that offers both powerful functionality and cloud flexibility, and we’re excited to be able to offer that.”