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 :
This paper explains how SharePoint teams can use Groove and its SharePoint Files tool to efficiently collaborate with offline field workers and selected consultants.
All I can say is… Groovy, baby yeah !
(sorry – couldn’t resist that !)