To cater to these requirements, the Folio3 team decided to develop the solution in Python, making it completely cross platform. The team then created prototypes of the Kabuto desktop application, over multiple iterations to help Kabuto finalize the application’s look and feel and workflow. Kabuto’s feedback was used to modify the application’s design as needed.
After 12 weeks of intensive efforts, the Kabuto desktop application was released. The application works in a similar manner to Dropbox, providing enterprise employees the ability to access, share and edit MS-Office files in a secure, online workspace, using the native editing applications on any Mac and Windows machine. It does so via custom built Microsoft Office and browser extensions (plug-ins) that enable users to view and edit MS Office files locally on their machines. Upon saving, the Kabuto desktop application not only saves a local copy of the file on the user’s machine, but also updates it in the online workspace from which it was accessed.
Thanks to Folio3’s efforts, Kabuto was able to realize its vision for a cross platform, enterprise desktop collaboration solution within the very short of three months. The Kabuto team was so impressed with Folio3’s work on the Kabuto Desktop application, that they engaged Folio3 to develop a cross platform mobile solution for them as well, one that would enable enterprise users to communicate, share files and collaborate using their Android and iOS devices.