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What's in store for the new Groove? Part 2

Here's more from Lotus Notes creator, Groove Networks founder and Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie about what agencies can expect from the first iteration of the Groove collaboration platform since the Groove-Microsoft marriage. (To read Part 1 of this entry, click here).

Look for our full interview with Ozzie in the April 24 edition of GCN and at GCN.com, but Ozzie's insights into Office Groove 2007 are a GCN.com Tech Blog exclusive.

Ozzie: One of the more under appreciated aspects of Groove is its forms capabilities. In Office Groove 2007, we're adding another version of the Forms Tool that uses InfoPath as the design surface and data-entry UI, but still utilizes the underlying database from the existing Groove Forms Tool for record storage and synchronization. InfoPath is a popular forms solution among government organizations. By adding InfoPath support in Office Groove 2007, government organizations can build a single InfoPath solution and utilize Office Groove as another means by which teams and employees can use a consistent data entry solution.

The other major area of integration is with Windows Messenger and Office Communicator. For example, with Office Groove 2007, if you're already using Windows Messenger or Office Communicator, Groove will detect that upon install and search your buddy list for existing Groove users. It will then offer to add them to your Office Groove contact list. In this way, we help new Groove users jumpstart their experience with the product.

We'll also have enhanced presence. So for example, you might see that Brad is active in Groove and Communicator, but offline in Messenger. There's also enhanced IM support, and the ability to initiate other forms of communication that Windows Messenger and Office Communicator users have, such as VOIP and telephone integration.

The best source for updates on Office Groove 2007 is a blog written by Office Groove 2007's program manager, Marc Olson.

Posted by Brad Grimes

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Apr 17, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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