Elements of the Huddle service include file storage and sharing, task management, collaboration (people) management, meeting organisation, and discussion boards. Key features include high level enterprise class security, a powerful API for integration with other products and access via web, desktop and mobile clients.
But what does that really mean? Huddle have a neat summary explanation for what the product is all about:
If SharePoint was built today, they would’ve built Huddle.
The Windows Phone app, which has been developed by Alan McFarlane, allows read only access to most of Huddle's key elements. This includes viewing of workspaces, folder and files (and download files via the browser); viewing of tasks; viewing the list of files awaiting approval; and the viewing of all activities (news) from your workspaces.
There's also good offline support - any news, tasks or folder items that have been viewed using the app will remain accessible, even if no network connection is present. That's helpful for business travellers who may not have an always on connection (e.g. on airplanes / trains).
The read-only nature of the app is a result of the version of the Huddle API on which the application is built. McFarlane, in the app's Marketplace description, notes that the next version of the app will use the new version of the Huddle API to enable additional functionality (e.g. creation of tasks), so it is worth keeping an eye out for updates to Puddle.
Huddle Collaboration & Content Management for Enterprise - now on your Windows Phone. Puddle provides instant access to your files, tasks and what's new feed.
Puddle can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Marketplace. It is a paid app, costing £0.79 / $0.99 / €0.99.
In order to use the app a Huddle account is required. For those that want to try Huddle out a 2 week trial package is available here.