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P2P moves on with new Groove

Groove Networks will next week release the second version of its peer-to-peer collaboration software with added features such as...

Groove Networks will next week release the second version of its peer-to-peer collaboration software with added features such as centralised control and better integration with other applications.

A little more than a year after the first release, the new version can now be installed by customers on network servers, instead of having to be hosted by Groove.

Grove 2.0 adds integration with Microsoft's Office applications, particularly the Outlook e-mail client. A Groove link appears automatically in the Outlook user interface, so users can create a shared workspace in Groove and automatically populate that with selected e-mail addresses from Outlook.

The software also links to Microsoft Project software and will soon integrate with Notes e-mail software from IBM subsidiary Lotus Software Group, according to Groove spokesman Andrew Mahon.

"Groove isn't trying to push out e-mail applications, but the company has big ambitions as a collaboration software vendor," Mahon said.

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