Groove Networks is good news for Microsoft
The news of Microsoft acquiring Groove Networks led to Microsoft appointing Groove founder Ray Ozzie as one of their CTOs. This is good news for the software giant considering it gives Microsoft enough ammunition in the peer-to-peer technology, which would help them enhance their office applications with futuristic online communication capabilities for collaborative computing. In addition, it also gives Microsoft skilled resources to develop technologies to enhance consumer experience in workplace technology, IT research, and consulting.
Market Analysts Gartner claimed that Microsoft has taken a significant creative leap with the acquisition. In a statement released on their website, Gartner said: â€œThis deal, coupled with Microsoft’s real-time collaboration product launch, signifies a greater focus on collaboration than Microsoft has previously shown. Microsoft’s vision goes beyond any specific technology, to define how people do work. With a focus on ubiquitous network computing, Microsoft is leveraging Office dominance to encourage users to drive buying decisions, without help from IT departments.â€
Another reason the analysts claim behind Microsoft buying Groove other than to enhance their own development team is that they wanted to prevent rivals IBM from doing so. IBM already owns Lotus Notes, which was one of the first major products from Ray Ozzieâ€™s efforts.