A dashboard view, seen within Central Desktop
Central Desktop is a collaboration software owned by PGi (acquisition announced in October 2014). The company's primary focus is providing a Software-as-a-Service collaboration tool to small and medium-sized businesses. The company and its products are most often compared to other wiki-based and project-centric solutions such as SharePoint and Basecamp. As of November 2013, the company serves more than 650,000 users worldwide with customers such as Gymboree, Nielsen, CBS, The Ritz-Carlton, Netflix and Harvard University.
The company was founded by CEO Isaac Garcia and CTO Arnulf Hsu in 2005. Prior to founding Central Desktop, Isaac and Arnulf started Upgradebase in 1997, a product data provider to the computer and consumer electronics industry, and Vendorbase in 1999, a B2B marketplace for computer resellers. Both companies were acquired by CNET Networks in 2002.
In December 2006, the company accused Google of unfairly competing against its own customers by bidding on keywords that Google held an interest in. Google responded to the accusations on its own AdWords blog.
Central Desktop is offered in three editions - Workgroup, Enterprise and Community.
In February 2010, the company released version 2.0 of its software, Central Desktop 2.0. New features in Central Desktop 2.0 include an online file viewer that supports more than 200 different file types, improved wiki navigation and the ability to convert any file type into a downloadable PDF document.
Central Desktop product features include:
- WYSIWYG editing
- Document management
- Integrated Lucene search (full text searches for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files)
- Online documents
- Online spreadsheets
- Task management
- Project management
- Discussion threads
- Online file viewer
- Web conferencing
- Workflow solutions
- Comparison of wiki software
- List of collaborative software
- Comparison of wiki farms
- Online office suite
- Cloud collaboration
- Document collaboration
- Document-centric collaboration
- "PGi Acquisition of Central Desktop signals industry shift to unified collaboration". Oct 16, 2014.