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The Next Best Thing to Being There

The Next Best Thing to Being There: “Groove is one of a powerful new generation of software tools designed to help businesses collaborate. Computers, of course, have long helped people work together. But previous versions of collaboration software have tended to assume that all users were in a single location and generally required all the information to be stored on a central server. These latest products distribute data across the Web, allowing colleagues thousands of miles apart to work together on projects as if they were in the same room. Such tools have the intuitiveness of e-mail but add new features, like instant messaging and voice over Internet capabilities, as well as better ways to organize messages, documents, and calendars…”