Get your Groove on

Microsoft Office 2007 comes packaged with Groove. It’s a collaboration software that provides a shared filesystem, discussion board and chat client (along with some other less useful goodies). One of the best things about it is that you can use it offline and then synchronise when you are back online.

I’m currently co-ordinating a team that is based out of 3 locations and finding it very useful. Integration with Outlook is one thing I’m missing. Also I have not had a chance to see how it copes with simultanious updates on the same document.

I know Google Wave is an alternative but I have not tried it yet.

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2 Responses to Get your Groove on

  1. Google Wave can definitely be a great tool in this case. Simultaneous updates are taken care of and updates in the middle of the document / text is also possible.

    Any document / text that is updated by many people can be difficult to read but with Google Wave you can play / replay the entire conversation and see the sequence of changes.

    I’m just not sure about how secure the conversation can be. It worth investigating.

    • mashooq says:

      All Groove communication is over SSL. So I’m not too worried about security. Another feature that I think will be useful is the ability to archive the workspaces.

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