Kerio Samepage.io full review
Samepage.io proves that taking Workspace into the cloud was the exact right choice.
Less than a year ago that we reviewed Kerio Workspace 2 - a collaborative, networked tool for team projects. Now we’re looking at its replacement Kerio Samepage.io. Although there are lots of similarities between the old and new products, there’s more than just a new name. There has also been a significant change of business model.
Kerio Workspace was networked software you installed on your LAN. Kerio Samepage.io is software-as-service, remotely hosted and paid for by subscription. The two share much of the same DNA, but Samepage.io has had a head to toe redesign for its debut as a subscription service, with flat design replacing the beveled, chrome styling of Workspace.
The same metaphors are present too. You can create Spaces and Pages in Samepage.io. Spaces are like a site; a place where you put a collection of content. A Space could be something you use to add separate departments or permanent teams - or it could be used for a big project.
Pages are the core objects in Samepage.io. Using simple content management tools, you can very quickly add Components to a page to chart a project in progress. They can be text files, images, links, video and other media objects. They can also be to-do lists, calendar objects and HTML mash-ups. Crucially, you can collaborate on and edit many of these Components right there, in the page.
All Pages and Spaces can be accessed through a sidebar labeled “News Feed”. Introduced in Kerio Workspace, this feature now feels more integrated and lean. On the opposite side of the screen, you can leave comments for team members - in real time if you’re both online
The change in name and design streamlines the key metaphor in Samepage.io’s workflow. The emphasis is taken away from Spaces - which imply a virtual place with lots of collaborators - to Pages. The Page becomes a central repository for a work in process. It’s a living record of a project unfolding.
Some fans of Kerio Workspace are disappointed that the old software has been discontinued. Particularly developers who were reselling the tools to clients. But Samepage.io is, undoubtedly, a more commercial and streamlined option.