Microsoft got its current Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie (as well as Ozzie’s brother Jack and other Groove folks), as well as Groove’s collaboration wares. But what has Microsoft done with Groove in the interim — other than continue to try to explain why Groove and SharePoint don’t really overlap?
At this week’s summit for 1,800 of its Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), questions about Microsoft’s gameplan for Groove took center stage when attendees had a chance to ask questions of Chief Software Architect Ozzie and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Groove is designed to allow offline users or those outside a security firewall to collaborate with SharePoint users collaborating inside shared workspaces. Currently, Microsoft sells Groove as part of the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Office 2007, as well as a standalone product and annual subscription service (called Office Live Groove 2007). Groove is said to be successful with government customers, but I have to admit I seldom run across Groove customers in my travels.