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Groove Goes To Microsoft

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Published: 2005-03-12

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Microsoft is buying Groove Networks, a provider of collaboration software for the "virtual office".

"The acquisition of Groove complements Microsoft's collaboration offerings to include real-time, server-based and peer-to-peer solutions that address the ever-changing and more-complex work environment," said Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Microsoft's Information Worker Group. "Together, Microsoft and Groove will make anytime, anywhere collaboration a more natural and easy extension of how information workers coordinate their projects and document- centric work."

The acquisition also brings to Microsoft the development talent and technology leadership of top Groove executives, including founder Ray Ozzie, a creator of IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes. Ozzie will assume the role of chief technical officer, reporting to Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, chairman and chief software architect, with responsibility for influencing corporatewide communication and collaboration offerings and associated platform infrastructure. Ozzie also will continue his work with the Groove team, which will be part of Microsoft's Information Worker Group.

"This is happening about a year too late," claims Nate Root, a vice president at market researcher Forrester Research.

"They should have done this a year ago so they could really plug Groove well into the Windows Longhorn and Office 12 development roadmaps. Now is not the time when these product teams want to hear, 'Hey, can we throw this in there too?'" said Root.

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