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Groove Networks


"Groove is an innovative platform for secure, inter-enterprise collaboration. Its unique peer architecture provides it with fundamental and valuable differences to collaborative alternatives."

"Business interaction in Groove includes capabilities that lend themselves to natural and intuitive group dynamics. These capabilities include:

  • Communication tools -- live voice over the Internet, instant messaging, text-based chat, and threaded discussion
  • Content sharing tools -- shared files, shared pictures, shared contacts
  • Joint activity tools -- co-browsing, Powerpoint presentation walkthroughs, live co-editing of Microsoft Word documents, group calendar kinds of digital data.
  • Offline use. Even when a member has disconnected from the Internet, Groove keeps that member in synch with the other members of the shared space. Groove software saves all members’ content and changes locally. When the member reconnects, all of his changes and additions are sent to all other members. Flexible online/offline use enables ongoing project management and allows a single meeting to serve as the launching point of a collaborative effort in which participants over time add and edit content and reconnect to meet as needed.
  • Flexibility and adaptability. As a member of a shared space, a user can add functionality from a more extensive selection of tools developed by Groove and its partners (and by inhouse corporate developers). There is no waiting for a Web site manager or hosting service to develop and add new functionality for its entire user base."

November 09, 2001 08:35 AM

Ozzie: Collaboration tools must be natural
By Sam Costello

-- SocinianClarke - 09 Nov 2001

Groove is very cool - we're evaluating this at work now - its offline modes and alerts on new content make collaboration natural and easy.

-- MartinCleaver - 05 Apr 2005

Although Groove can synchronise M$ folders between multiple machines, (perhaps handy for ReadWriteOfflineWiki) it mandates that those machines must be connected to the internet. That the machines are networked is insufficient.

Am still looking at ReplicationTechnologiesForTWiki.

-- MartinCleaver - 21 Jul 2005

Groove is, indeed, quite interesting. However, one functional limitation appears to be the size of the group that shares a workspace. Groove's peer to peer synching is useful for small workgroups, but when the number of users adding to a workspace gets large, the amount of synching increases proportionately and becomes a utility bottleneck. Also, although Groove's other tools, such as discussion and calendaring, don't appear to exchange data with each other (at least in their base implementation).

-- RonBell - 26 Feb 2006

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