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Thursday, July 17, 2003

Intranet Journal : Groove and Microsoft take office out of the office

Groove Networks is getting its groove on with Microsoft's SharePoint in a pairing that brings big benefits to mobile intranet users. Separately, each product has a lot to offer, but together they offer an ideal solution for mobile professionals that neither alone can provide.

Destination.NET : A Hot P2P Company Moves to .NET-based Architecture  

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Some renewed interest in our Groove-Radio Interop Tool due to an Infoworld column by Chad Dickerson:

This leads to my second Weblog, which isn't actually a Weblog per se -- it's a Groove discussion for members of InfoWorld's technology department. It functions essentially as a group Weblog (in fact, Tim Knip's Groove Interop Tool for Radio can make it officially a Weblog).

Too bad we don't have plans for an update of this Groovetool in the near future. NonGroove related projects take up all of our time. Still good to see people are using it :-)  

Monday, July 14, 2003

Infoworld : Thwarting the enemy within

As our readers revealed in the Security Survey, they have a pressing need for ad-hoc VPN capability. Secure e-mail and Groove are two viable ways to get it now. The flurry of interest surrounding Waste, the secure peer-to-peer software that AOL's Nullsoft division released and then hastily withdrew last month, suggests that other options may soon emerge. The societies fenced in by our firewalls are complex, and we need more than a few tools to manage their safety.


Webupdate : Get Groovin'

We at Web Update found the shared file space the most useful part of the workspace. While developing a recent newsletter, we used it to share story ideas, store article lists, as well as the final copy. We tended to use the chat features the least, probably because we are a small company and communicate often in person. But for companies with remote offices, or staff on the road, this chat feature could be frequently used.


ACM Queue : Designing Portable Collaborative Networks

Peer-to-peer technology and wireless networking offer great potential for working together away from the desk—but they also introduce unique software and infrastructure challenges........


Monday, July 07, 2003

Ray posts a long worthreading rant on Extreme mobility. In reaction to this piece Volker asks the logical question : Why is Groove Networks focussing its sales & marketing on the large enterprise?  

An interesting casestudy on the usage of Groove within a consultancy company.

During the period of travel restrictions imposed as a result of the SARS outbreak, using Groove Workspace for new business development efforts became more critical. Says Schoonover: "Groove was just a massive life saver when we couldn't travel because of SARS.

Maybe the choice of words is a bit unlucky but it clearly shows Groove's strong points.  

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Paresh and Hugh point to a very interesting way to use the Groove filestool : Collaborative viewing and storing of (offline) webpages. Thnx Seth for the original tip!!  

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Good news from India: Ashok Hingorani picks up his weblog.  

Saturday, June 28, 2003

E-commerce Times : P2P goes corporate  

Friday, June 27, 2003

Yahoo! News : Microsoft Lands Large Army Software Contract

Microsoft said on Wednesday that it clinched the largest single-deal contract ever for the world's No. 1 software maker, a $471 million pact to provide software for 494,000 personal computers to the U.S. Army.

Taken into account this week's news that Groove has been added to the Defense Collaboration Suite and the strong MS-Groove relationship, I can't help wondering if Groove Workspaces (+Sharepoint?) are somehow part of this deal.   

Groove Pressrelease : Groove Workspace Software Obtains First Defense Collaboration Tool Suite V2.0 Interoperability Certification.  

Hugh reports that Wildgrape has added "post to Groove" functionality to their NewsDesk product.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Government Computer News : Defense collaboration gets into Groove
The 4-year-old Defense Collaboration Tool Suite, assembled from commercial sources for securely sharing of military video and audio conferences and applications, today got a new addition: Groove Workspace 2.5

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

A prerelease of Toucan (previously Groovelets) is available. Toucan Collaborate is a suite of productivity applications for Groove Workspace. developed by Virtual Methods. It contains tools for task management, event planning, enhanced discussion, risk management and collaborative document production. Click here to take the tour.  

Alwayson Networks' pick of the Top 100 companies for 2003 includes Groove  

Groove introduces Groove U, a software and service license program designed to meet the unique needs of higher education institutions. Groove U enables professors and administrators to harness the power of Groove Workspace on a course-by-course basis.  

Friday, June 20, 2003

Groove publishes a new whitepaper named Use of Groove software in austere environments

Alongside the soldiers and other members of the military fighting in Iraq, was an often unseen but important group that was responsible for identifying and coordinating humanitarian aid. The people, from many governmentaland non-governmental groups including the U.S. Army,US Marines, UK DFID, International Medical Corps., Mercy Corps. and other civilian agencies, were in Iraq and neighboring countries to collect and share assessment data that would drive critical decisions about the prioritization and distribution of humanitarian aid. They were supported by Groove Workspace software, which is especially well suited for rapid deployment in austere environments such as the battlefields of Iraq.

Smart Solutions : Collaborating on Collaboration

Conceptually, Microsoft Office is still a document-centric system, enhanced with real-time services for presence awareness and real-time communication. Conceptually, Groove focuses more on verbs than nouns; it assumes a decentralized shared workspace context and delivers collaboration and powerful off-line/resync capabilities by asynchronously disseminating actions (verbs) within the shared context instead of replicating documents (nouns). This results in a different form-follows-function fit, despite some overlap and synergy. It's certainly not a right-or-wrong or either-or scenario. As previously noted, Groove and SharePoint were designed to address different customer needs, and their architectural differences are more complementary than competitive.

Monday, June 16, 2003

Infoworld : Groove taps app dev

Groove Networks this week will partner with LogicLibrary to integrate Groove's virtual collaboration software with LogicLibrary's software development asset mapping and discovery engine.

More info can be found on the LogicLibrary website

The first byproduct of the alliance is a discussion tool that LogicLibrary has created within Groove Workspace specifically for Logidex™, LogicLibrary's software development asset (SDA) mapping and discovery engine. This will enable software developers to more effectively manage their software resources and more easily collaborate to reduce the time required to build high-quality Web services and other critical software applications.

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Rainer Volz : Introducing Peer-to-Peer, Part 2  

Wednesday, June 11, 2003 : Through the fog... Better connecting users to technologies

We’ve been road testing tablet PCs and their suitability for various application types and looking at peer-to-peer collaboration tools such as Groove Networks. And it is in these areas where things have been getting interesting and indeed disruptive in no small measure.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Groove's John Giudice shows how to build applications using GWS. The Info Explorer looks very interesting and the sourcecode is available for those who want to take this a step further.  

Friday, June 06, 2003

Robert Scoble : I gotta try out Groove again. It's been a while. I think it'd be useful for the projects I'm working on.  

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Ray points to an extensive casestudy on the usage of Groove at the Naval Postgraduate School.  

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

BusinessWire : Groove Networks Expands Integration With Windows SharePoint Services & the Microsoft Office System

The Groove Document Librarian, a new tool for Groove Workspace, allows users to check out documents from SharePoint Portal Server 1.0 into a Groove shared space, and then check the document back in to the portal upon completion. For example, a pharmaceutical executive can check out a clinical trial document from the portal into a Groove shared space, and invite clinicians and physicians into the space to review the document. Once completed, he can check the document back in to the portal, having securely collaborated on a corporate asset outside company boundaries without VPN software, or having to host the portal server in the DMZ.

PTC offers a Student edition of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire. This release includes Peer-to-Peer Collaboration, powered by Groove  

Miami Herald : Online collaboration gets it Groove back  

Monday, June 02, 2003

Groove updates to 2.5d, John Burkhardt provides some details :

This release addresses many issues related to GWS.  If you are using GWS, or using a solution based on this technology then I highly recommend upgrading to this build.  No wait, I don't think its optional for developers:  this release includes the publication of the GWS COM APIs, which will allow developers to extend GWS functionality by creating new Web Services for the platform.  The other biggest issue by far was the problem where Groove itself could get wedged for a full 60 seconds when using http/1.1.  Ouch.  

GXcel is released !!. GXcel integrates Excel with Groove and offers the best of both worlds. Realtime collaborative editing of Excelsheets for instance. The best thing is that it adds a whole new dimension to all sorts of custom, homebrew applications made in Excel. This makes Excel a very interesting environment for easy and rapid development of Groovy applications. Great stuff Ashok and Roomy :-)  

Friday, May 30, 2003

Hugh Pyle released a new version of the open source Groove Newstool. Installs and works like a charm overhere, thnx Hugh :-)  

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