Microsoft to assimilate Groove Networks

Microsoft Corp. announced plans to acquire collaboration software vendor Groove Networks Inc. of Beverly, Mass. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Groove's Groove Workspace Version 2.5 was one of a number of commercial applications that met the criteria for the Defense Department's Defense Collaboration Tool Suite , a Defense Information Systems Agency initiative to establish a suite of interoperable software for military use.

The Defense Department used Groove software to securely connect in the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority, which needed internal Defense Department documents and instant messages [see GCN story]. The Naval Postgraduate School also used the software for long-distance learning [see GCN story].

Microsoft plans to integrate Groove's software, which Groove renamed Groove Workspace for the 3.0 version, into its own family of collaboration products, such as Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2005 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server, according to the Groove announcement issued today.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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