Microsoft Office Groove 2007

Microsoft Office introduces a new product which are quite similar to NetMeeting amid a more powerful one and it is called Groove.

The purpose of Groove software is to allow creation of workspace in your local PC so that one can share out information seamlessly with with others. It alllows users to

Spend less time coordinating and more time working...

As as for the question of files sharing via email and servers ?

Confusion, slowdown and versioning issues...

But Groove is not likely going to make file servers obsolete... because:

1. Servers are still needed to store things which we don't want to know and don't really care about.
2. Servers are still needed for large distribution of files.

Groove 2007 is good for the following purposes...

1. Data management which leads to better storage management. Imagine that a sales executive emailing clients with attachments of size = 10 M and is obligated to cc to four supervisors. Thus, if he or she has to send the same email to 100 clients not at the same time, the four supervisors would receive the same attachments 100 times.

2. Information sharing between different autonomous systems... I take the concept of autonomous system from computer networking to illustrate the idea where information to be shared between people from other companies. For instance, if we have to share information with a project group consisting of lawyers, designers, copy writters and etc. Then by means of network security, we would have to create some sort of FTP folders or even worst VPN for temporarily basis. A lot of coordination works is required... Groove can just solve all that. Refer to the demo.

In all, Groove is not going to make Office SharePoint or Windows 2003 server obsolete, it is just packaged under Microsoft Office to provide Microsoft platform users with value-add applications to enhance their experience with Windows platform.

But in the future, there is a possibility where end-users will have ownership of digital information which is essential to counter-strike against cyber-threats.

For instance, when one purchase something from Amazon, the latter will keep important information such as credit card numbers and etc in its database. Even though these information are protected by security measures such as encryption and etc... however, it is still considered not fully managed by owners. To put you through a thorough perspective, let's me cite an real life example.

I purchased a book from Amazon a few months ago, that book didn't arrive as promised. Even though I could have not been too accurate on the shipping address, however Amazon will not take the trouble to contact you for failure of delivery.

Thus, when I contacted Amazon, they offered full refund immediately or otherwise the book will be scheduled for next delivery with abortion of shipping charges. I opted to totally cancel the order and full refund. They complied and nothing happens for two weeks. However, guess what after two weeks ?

The system contacted me again to suggest a reshipping of the same book which I ordered. I thought it was just a sales pitch but and didn't bother to cancel it because I already did. To my surprise, the book landed on my office desk one month later and if you think that it is free gift, my credit card information resides in the database will prove you wrong.

Perhaps, there should be a way to exchange sensitive information for on-demand basis. Sensitive information should be stored locally and fully owned by the owners.. Non sensitive data such as MP3 can be in public servers or partially public servers.

For more information about Office Groove 2007, check out this link