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Groove will also announce a design preview version of an add-in toolkit for Microsoft Visual Studio .Net. The toolkit is designed to help developers create Groove collaborative applications in familiar languages such as C# or Visual Basic .Net.
Groove Workspace allows workers to migrate discussions and interactions out of e-mail into secure shared spaces that offer deeper collaborative capabilities, according to Donna Carvalho, senior product manger at Groove.
From within Outlook or Notes, users send single or multiple e-mail threads to a Groove shared space, which includes all related e-mail messages, responses, and attachments. The system also automatically invites people on the "to" or "cc" list.
"We are looking to extend the e-mail concept," Carvalho said. "Users can launch directly from e-mail. Everyone who was involved in those e-mail threads are now in a collaborative space to be able to work in a more productive manner."
Version 2.1 allows Notes Release 4.6 or later users to launch Groove Workspaces from any Lotus database, including customised sales or other departmental databases.
Groove also enhanced the instant messaging capabilities within Workspace 2.1, which now include message forwarding, the ability to link to documents and to other Groove shared spaces, optional reply with message history, improved addressing capabilities, and rich text support designed to enable use of varying type faces, font sizes, and colours.