Microsoft buys Groove Networks

Who would have anticipated that (ok, maybe the $51 million investment was a hint…):

“Groove Virtual Office added to lineup of Microsoft Office System products, servers and services
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced it will acquire Groove Networks, a leading provider of collaboration software for the ‘virtual office’. The deal unites two top technology innovators that help geographically distributed work groups be as productive as those that work in a single physical location. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.”

Read the press release.

Ray Ozzie will now work for BillG directly as CTO, while still continuing to work with the Groove team. Rock on, Ray! If Groove technology now gets integrated with Outlook (which was the missing link, at least for me), dark days for Lutus Notes are ahead…


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