More notes on Groove:
* Groove turned out to be dead simple to download
* Other than a few UI nits, the interface is
* It is Windows-only and IE4-based, and has some
difficulties interacting with Messenger (its
automated messages are missing NLs) but depsite
that, it's pretty cool.
* One serious knock is that the applications
are limited to the set that are *within* groove.
Files from your file system are copied into the
shared space, so you can't edit them in place
using whatever tools you have at your disposal.
Obviously, a truly ideal system will let you
access the existing file system and edit its
contents with the tools you have available. But
a lot of collaboration would be possible with
what is there today -- there is a meager outliner,
a notepad clone, and other such stuff.
Then, too, you can always drag files out of the
shared space to work on them, and then drag them
back in. A bit clunky, but probably a more
effective way of working with the tool as it
* Another serious knock is the lack of conflict
detection/prevention capabilities. At least, I
haven't seen any mention of them. That's kind
of cool when people are online -- you can edit
a document in a real-time collaboration. But
that looks like a hole when one or more folks
* It's got mechanisms for planning meetings,
browsing the web together, discussion forums,
and contact lists, among other things.
* If you start a project workspace, the space
includes a discussion tool, task list, and
even a calendar. It also uses their outliner
to create a brainstorming area, but their
outliner is such that plain text outlines are
a better idea, imo.
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