Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “Outsourcing Your Office Suite” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – we’re very pleased with the growing numbers of downloads the podcast is getting.

Here’s the episode description:

A number of sites, including Google Apps, Zoho, Microsoft, and others, offer a set of standard “office suite” programs – word processing, spreadsheets, presentations – in an online format. We’ve seen some solos and small firms experiment with using Google Apps. Now, we’ve learned that a 200+ employee law firm has launched a major Google Apps implementation. Are we at the beginning of a new trend? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss this new initiative, the potential impact for the legal profession and whether an online office suite might play a role in your future.

In many ways, this podcast is a gentle introduction to the idea of cloud computing, with a focus on an everyday application. We look at where we are in office suites, with Office 2010 about to debut, the Open Source OpenOffice, Google Apps, other online office suites, Mac Office apps,and even a new version of WordPerfect vying for our attention. We discuss the options and how to think about making choices for you. The podcast also will help you think about what Tom and I mean by “collaboration tools and technologies.”

The podcast was also inspired by our friend JoAnna Forshee’s post “In Their Own Words: Law Firm Innovators Bradford & Barthel’s ‘Operation Google Apps’” and we thank her for bringing the topic to our attention.

In our “things we’ve been talking about” segment, Tom and I hit the highlights of the approachesd we are takling when we present about social media for lawyers.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom talks about ways to use DropBox for file-sharing in ways you might not expect. I recommend Microsoft Word 2007’s Document Inspector feature to examine metadata and understand what hidden data is in your documents.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

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