BETA | jay 3/10/2005 09:31:00 PM| WRITE JAY |
It is certainly an interesting acquisition. Not totally surprising given that Microsoft had previously invested in them. Personally I think Groove has turned away from a focus on enabling collaboration to more of a virtual office / document management emphasis. More of how to connect people to the same content for group editing.I like Groove and have used it over the years but it is certainly a high end tool with a fairly high price point. One of its biggest drawbacks I have always felt is the 30MB+ initial client download (as Jay says its a bit bloated) but then again it uses a distributed 'island fortress' mentality and its strong security model is one of its strength.
Groove is wonderful for a dispersed group that needs to communicate over the open net and share ongoing plans, documenting all they do. It is, in fact, a thing of beauty. That said, in a world of thin clients and fat clients, Groove is a morbidly-obese client. After numerous attempts, my conclusion is: not on my hard drive, you don't.
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