Groove is to SharePoint the same as Outlook is to Exchange

Microsoft Office Groove is a bit of a mis-understood creature, as a group-ware/off-line client tool – with a sharing ability for documents and images.

The difference is that there is no “server” as such – well, there is but works as a peer-to-peer program in reality.

That can be good – and bad – if a PC isn’t “sync’ed” up, then other folk won’t get the changes.   When used as a document collaboration tool, it’s rather lacking – with not much in the way of metadata, workflow, etc.

BUT – if you consider using Groove with SharePoint, you get the best of both worlds.   I’ve heard Groove explained in the following way :

Groove is to SharePoint the same as Outlook is to Exchange.

That’s a great analogy – working as an offline client to a server-based repository.   You then get the “smarts” and function of SharePoint – without having to save files to your local C: and/or problems working offline.

The following document from Microsoft covers more about the Groove+SharePoint setup :

Extending SharePoint with Groove Collaboration (DOC)

This paper explains how SharePoint teams can use Groove and its SharePoint Files tool to efficiently collaborate with offline field workers and selected consultants.

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All I can say is…     Groovy, baby yeah !  

(sorry – couldn’t resist that !)

🙂

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