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Industry Technology, software as a service (SaaS)
Founder Barrie Hadfield
Headquarters London, E1
United Kingdom
Area served
Legal Services, Professional Services, Healthcare & Pharmaceutical
Key people
Barrie Hadfield (CTO), Anthony Foy (CEO)

File Comparison, Secure File Transfer, Client Extranet, File & Metadata Security, File Syncing & DMS Mobility,

Checklist and Closing Binders
Services Document comparison, document collaboration

Workshare is a provider of secure enterprise file sharing and collaboration[1] applications.[2] Workshare allows individuals to create, share, and manage high-value content from any device. Content owners are able to track and compare changes in documents from contributors simultaneously.[3]


In 1999, UK technology entrepreneur Barrie Hadfield co-founded Workshare, a provider of client-server document comparison software.[4] Workshare’s applications are used by legal and professional services organizations to track changes in contracts and documents. In 2012, Workshare merged with Skydox,[5] also founded by Barrie Hadfield, a provider of cloud-enabled document collaboration software for the enterprise sector. Scottish Equity Partners and Business Growth Fund[6] invested £20m in the deal.[7]

Workshare also acquired IdeaPlane, an enterprise social network, in 2012.[8]


  • Workshare Hosted Application: Enterprise file sharing, sync, and collaboration application.[9] Provides secure online workplaces that allow users to access, review and work on content.[10] Multiple storage location options, including public cloud, private cloud or hybrid deployment with on-premises data.[11] Sync devices to access material on various devices.[12] Maintain version history. Active directory single sign-on option available.
  • Workshare File Comparison: Windows-based application for comparing Word documents, PDF and PPT against modified versions.[13] View and manage changes directly in a Deltaview redline.[14] Change category filtering and grouping, with ability to accept and reject changes. Integrates with Outlook, Document Management Systems and Enterprise Content Management Systems. Windows server-based version also available.
  • Workshare Metadata Security: Microsoft Office-based[15] tool for removing metadata and other hidden data from email attachments. Alerts are displayed to the sender when an email attachment (Microsoft Office document) contains hidden metadata.[16] Metadata removal also available as an automated process driven by policy. Desktop version works across Outlook; server-based version works across Microsoft Exchange to remove metadata from mobile email, Web Outlook, and mobile devices.[17]
  • Workshare 9: Workshare's individual applications for document comparison, metadata removal and online file sharing are now delivered in a single, integrated solution called Workshare 9. It can make comparing, reviewing and sharing documents a faster, smarter and simpler experience.[18] Share documents directly from Office apps and ECM/DMS.[19]
  • Workshare Deal Checklist and Closing Binders: Eliminates law firms fixed fee write-offs by automating the manual processes involved in creating checklists, distributing documents and generating deal bibles/closing binders. Admin is significantly reduced to save time and ensure deals come in on budget.[20]
  • Workshare Mobile App:[21][22] App for iOS device and Android. Documents on the online platform are available remotely via the app.[23]

Comparison Products[edit]

  • Workshare Document Comparison: Compare Word and PDF documents.[24]
  • Workshare Document Comparison Server: Document comparison and review tool for corporate intranets, extranets, or content management systems (CMS).
  • Workshare Comparison for PowerPoint.

Other Protection Products[edit]

  • Workshare Protect Server: Metadata removal across an organization. Alerts are sent to the user when an email or Microsoft Office document contains hidden metadata. Works with Microsoft Office.[25] Also works across Outlook, Web Outlook, and BlackBerry devices.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Koplowitz, Rob (30 May 2013). "Document Collaboration Vendor Landscape". Forrester. 
  2. ^ Kao, Kristine; McClure, Terri; Oltsik, John (14 November 2013). "Market Landscape Report: Corporate Online File Sharing and Collaboration Security and Governance". ESG. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Pelz-Sharpe, Alan (7 March 2013). "Workshare broadens its reach in secure collaboration". 451 Research. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Swabey, Pete (5 October 2012). "UK tech firms eye opportunity in content revolution". Information Age. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Palmer, Maija. "Deal creates UK document sharing challenger". Financial Times. Pearson PLC. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  6. ^ British Growth Fund. "SEP and BGF back SkyDox and Workshare. Anothny Foy, the new CEO gutted the US based operations in his plan to outsource many jobs overseas, thus putting dozens of long time employees out of work.". British Growth Fund. British Growth Fund. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Wauters, Robin (12 September 2012). "Workshare teams up with Skydox for collaboration software powerhouse, backed by $32.2m in new funding". The Next Web. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Wauters, Robin (28 November 2012). "Workshare strengthens its enterprise software offering with acquisition of UK based Ideaplane". The Next Web. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Mullan, James. "Mini Review: Workshare". Free Pint Ltd. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  10. ^ McClure, Terri (1 April 2014). "The Demand for Hybrid Online Sharing Solutions.". 
  11. ^ Koplowitz, Rob; Schadler, Ted (10 July 2013). "The Forrester Wave(TM). File Sync And Share Platforms, Q3 2013". The Forrester Wave(TM). 
  12. ^ "Workshare Compare". Workshare. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Staff, CNET. "Workshare Professional Editor's Review". CNET. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Basso, Monica (12 August 2013). "Mobile Collaboration will Drive Innovation in Your Workplace.". Gartner. 
  15. ^ "Workshare Protect". Workshare. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Workshare Protect". CNET. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Staff, Crunch Base. "Workshare Protect Server". CrunchBase. 
  18. ^ "Share Documents Online: Document Review & Collaboration Software – Workshare". Workshare. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  19. ^ Basso, Monica. "Mobile Collaboration Will Drive Innovation in Your Workplace". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Share Documents Online: Document Review & Collaboration Software – Workshare". Workshare. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  21. ^ Basso, Monica (12 August 2013). "Mobile Collaboration Will Drive Innovation in Your Workplace". Gartner. 
  22. ^ Williams, David K. "10 Mobile Apps To Make Your Business More Productive". Forbes. Forbes Publishing. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  23. ^ Faas, Ryan. "Workshare Mobile is like Dropbox and Track Changes on iOS steroids". CITEWorld. IDG Enterprise. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Workshare Compare". Workshare. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  25. ^ Greenway, Tony. "TMC News: Secure File Sharing and Collaboration Made Easy with Workshare". Session Border.