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Microsoft in the Groove with Intranets upgrade

Microsoft has rolled out an upgraded version of its Microsoft Solution for Intranets (MSI) that offers improved collaboration by exploiting the company's technical relationship with Groove Networks.

Version 1.5 of the software now includes Microsoft's Producer, which helps users in publishing multimedia put PowerPoint slides on the Web. It also offers tighter integration with the company's Content Management Server 2002, which contains the .net framework.

The product also contains patterns and practices documentation, which users need to piece together a collaborative solution using Microsoft's SharePoint Portal Server, SharePoint Team Services, Office XP, SQL Server, Windows 2000 and Windows Media Technologies.

Within the next month both Microsoft and Groove will deliver Version 1.5 of the Groove Workspace for MSI. The offering will allow users to take SharePoint Team Services Web sites offline and across a user's firewall. It also works to synchronise information automatically.

The client-based Groove Workspace for MSI works with desktop, laptop and Tablet PCs. The product will be available from Groove's direct sales force.

When users disconnect from the network they can continue working with SharePoint Team Services Web sites to carry out a range of tasks including updating documents, adding items or events to calendars, or participating in discussions.

For those users who need their group workspaces to work outside their intranets, the company said it was adding integration with SharePoint Team services to Version 2.5 of Groove, which should be available next month.

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