PermaLink Groove has been assimilated by The Borg03/10/2005 07:18 PM

You have to wonder if Ray Ozzie was just building a company to be acquired by Microsoft.  Groove used only ActiveX technologies, so it couldn't be ported to other platforms, so it was purely Windows.  It fills in a nice hole in Microsoft's Office/Outlook capabilities.  It'd be a GREAT addition to MS Office.
Although Groove was originally brought out as a development platform, they didn't seem to get that many business partners to help them develop applications (their out-of-the-box apps gave customers simple workflow and form design which is still gobs better than Microsoft's horrible efforts w/ OneNote) .  And after so many years, they only have roughly 100 customers.  Venture capitalists and MS plowed an immense amount of capital (over $100M according to news.com) into Groove to keep it going.

IMHO, the reason most large companies didn't like Groove was that it was not something that is managed centrally.  However, this is exactly what SMBs want.  I have a few clients that only have a few employees who don't want to install a server but want to be able to share information.  While I think this is utter lunacy, they don't and this is the type of customer that Groove would work best with.  It's even better than it'll become part of Office 12 (hopefully)...it'll finally give customers a reason to upgrade their copies of Office2K

MS will finally get a person w/ some vision, especially since they hired a few of the core Iris team before this.  The Gates/Ballmer team hasn't had this in a while and no matter how hard they whip the slaves, they can't get something interesting out.  Here's to more interesting times ahead...

Now, it's back to work on my secret project that Bill will want to buy next so he can convince people to upgrade to Longhorn
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