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Grooving with Microsoft

grooveYet another oxymoron: ‘Microsoft Groove’ – almost as bad as ‘Microsoft Works’!

I hesitate slightly to blog about Groove because I’m not sure that anyone should pay the full price: amazon.com $179 amazon.co.uk £200(rip-off Britain again!). However if like Eddie and I, you get your Microsoft software at sensible prices through their generous charity licensing programme, then I recommend buying the top end Office Enterprise Suite which includes the wonderful OneNote and Groove.

Groove can do a number of things, but primarily it is intended to help with team collaboration. Groove enables users to create workspaces which can then be shared by a number of users. The workspace can keep track of files, discussions, calendars, meetings, pictures etc. Once users have joined the workspace the copy on everyone’s machine is kept in sync and they are kept informed about what has been updated.You don’t have to be online to work on files either because you automatically get local copies.

Groove is also able to keep ordinary file folders in sync across different machines. I use this a lot to synchronise OneNote on my different machines and to make sure that my sermons, presentations & other documents are available to all my machines at home and at work.It isn’t good for database type files including Outlook .pst files but for most documents it works really simply. There is no need to open up paths through firewalls or struggle with changing IP addresses, Bill Gates takes care of that for you.

Nice one Microsoft – shame you have priced so many people out of grooving together.

Demo and free 60 day trial on the Microsoft site.

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