Intralinks introduces VIA file sharing tool


IntraLinks last week unveiled a new tool, VIA, to give users more control over their shared content. The key feature of VIA is that enterprise users have the option of "unsharing" files even after they've been sent.

Intralinks focuses on content management and collaboration tools for business, including a "virtual data room" solution for file sharing.

The new feature will not only appeal to users who want to unshare sensitive documents for security reasons, but also to those who might have sent along files too quickly--without hitting spell check or editing thoroughly. It can also be useful for updating documents that may no longer be valid, such as an outdated RFP file or sales sheet.

"VIA can be trusted by busy professionals as they work  across a network of increasingly complex external business communities, knowing that access to shared content can be "unshared" and revoked at any time with the click of a button, even after it has been sent beyond-the-firewall and downloaded," the company said. On its website, Intralinks calls the technology "UNshare."

The company has deployed VIA to some users already, but said it will be widely available in April. 

Intralinks noted that VIA can easily assimilate into an enterprise's current content management system. It doesn't say how it does this--but if it follows through on that--it could really appeal to users and the IT teams managing all the applications, tools and files. The last thing enterprise users want is more steps to get to their content, especially if they're about to unshare it.

All in all, a file "unsharing" capability sounds like it will no doubt attract enterprise users, but it will be interesting to see how the technology actually plays out.

For more:
- see the Intralinks VIA press release

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