From: David Stutz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 24 2000 - 18:08:30 PDT
Smilin 'cause it's such a nice piece of work... Have you checked out the
framework yet? Pretty complete for a first beta!
I prefer Rohit's take - a .NET collaboratory is a fine thing.
>From: "Dave Winer" <email@example.com>
>To: <FoRK@xent.com>, "Rohit Khare" <Rohit@KnowNow.com>
>Subject: Re: Groove PR: Grove, Gates, and Udell
>Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 20:42:39 -0700
>Gates blew smoke at Groove. It was something to behold. He was smilin all
>the way. Dave
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Rohit Khare" <Rohit@KnowNow.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2000 11:19 AM
>Subject: Groove PR: Grove, Gates, and Udell
> > Gee, bill, why isn't exchange+IE as exciting as this? Where's the
> > real-time XML pub/sub devkit from Redmond?
> > >"We're entering a new phase in the Internet. We need a new breed of
> > >software that goes beyond Web browsing to use the full power of the
> > >personal computer and ubiquitous Internet communications," said Bill
> > >Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect. "Ray has a
> > >history of building breakthrough applications. With Groove, he and
> > >his team have built a deep and innovative application that is a
> > >great example of where the Internet is going."
> > Amazing release list. Something to look forward to in life... in the
> > meantime, we'll puzzle out what the heck Peer-to-Web could possibly
> > mean :-)
> > Rohit
> > ========================================================
> > Groove Networks Introduces First Software Platform To Enable
> > Peer-to-Peer Business Solutions and Personal Communications
> > Groove provides closer connections among individuals, flexible and
> > secure interaction among businesses, and platform for peer
> > applications
> > Beverly - October 24, 2000
> > Groove Networks Inc. today introduced the industry's first software
> > platform designed to host a broad range of peer computing
> > applications and business solutions, enabling new ways for
> > individuals to communicate with others via the Internet. The Preview
> > Edition of Groove is available immediately for free download at
> > http://www.groove.net
> > Ray Ozzie, who is best known for creating Lotus Notes, the groupware
> > product now used by more than 60 million people worldwide, founded
> > Groove Networks three years ago to create products that leverage the
> > two-way capabilities of the Internet for people who interact closely
> > with one another. The result is Groove, a software product for
> > individuals and businesses, as well as a complete set of tools and
> > services that developers can use to create new solutions and
> > integrate Groove with existing business systems.
> > Groove is based on a peer computing architecture, providing
> > communication among individuals via the Internet without the need for
> > a central server. This decentralized approach to computing gives
> > individuals the control, security and privacy they require, and
> > enables closely-knit groups to collaborate on a broad range of
> > activities within secure, shared virtual spaces, in real-time, or at
> > different times.
> > For individuals, Groove enables direct person-to-person multimedia
> > communications related to projects, meetings, events, and
> > relationships. For businesses, Groove's peer-to-peer and peer-to-Web
> > solutions provide secure, online working relationships with key
> > customers and partners, enabling individuals to respond in real time
> > to critical incidents and opportunities, and reduce time-to-decision
> > and time-to-resolution.
> > "We've developed Groove with one core purpose in mind: to strengthen
> > the online connections among people who need to interact closely with
> > one another - across all boundaries such as time, place, or
> > organizational affiliation," said Ray Ozzie, CEO of Groove Networks.
> > "Groove is a powerful peer computing platform that will dynamically
> > bring together the right people, the right information, and the right
> > tools, at the right time. Just as the Web browser has become the
> > means by which people interact with Web sites, Groove will
> > increasingly become the means by which people interact directly with
> > one another. Over time, we believe that most everyone who uses a PC
> > or network appliance to communicate over the Net will have three
> > primary tools: email, a browser, and Groove."
> > "Web computing defined the second half of the '90s; peer-to-peer
> > computing will be a significant paradigm of the first half of this
> > decade, and I look forward to working with Groove Networks to make it
> > happen," said Andrew Grove, chairman of Intel Corporation
> > "We're entering a new phase in the Internet. We need a new breed of
> > software that goes beyond Web browsing to use the full power of the
> > personal computer and ubiquitous Internet communications," said Bill
> > Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect. "Ray has a
> > history of building breakthrough applications. With Groove, he and
> > his team have built a deep and innovative application that is a great
> > example of where the Internet is going."
> > Groove's unique product features and architecture provide direct
> > benefits to three distinct groups:
> > Businesses
> > Groove is a secure peer computing application platform that augments
> > Web-based business systems, extending their reach to relevant groups
> > of employees, partners, and customers that need to work closely with
> > one another. When integrated with transaction, customer service,
> > sales force automation, knowledge management, or any other
> > centralized business system, Groove adds a "person-to-person
> > interaction layer" that extends far beyond what's possible with
> > today's Web technologies.
> > Because Groove fully supports standard data formats, protocols, APIs,
> > and development languages, businesses can easily integrate Groove
> > with their existing applications and systems. The company's Alliances
> > team already is working with systems integrators and third-party
> > developers who are taking advantage of the product's open and
> > extensible architecture to create customized peer-to-peer and hybrid
> > solutions. Groove Networks and its partners are focusing on solutions
> > for customer and partner relationship management, collaborative
> > commerce, and other areas where improved personal interaction leads
> > directly to increased speed and agility for the organization.
> > "We are excited to be working with Groove Networks in exploring how
> > its business solution platform will assist us in expanding and
> > enhancing the community experience we're seeking to create at
> > WalMart.com," said Jeanne Jackson, CEO of WalMart.com. "In the
> > short-term, we're obviously focused on ensuring the success of our
> > soon-to-be launched site for the holiday season. But we are very
> > impressed with the easy integration between the Groove platform and
> > our existing Web servers. We think this hybrid platform is a powerful
> > way for us to extend our brand to new customers, and strengthen our
> > bonds with existing customers."
> > "We are piloting the base Groove product and multiple toolsets from
> > Groove Networks, and are favorably impressed," said Leticia Vargas,
> > an information technology project manager for Abbott Laboratories.
> > "This model for small group interaction both within and beyond our
> > firewall will assist in helping us achieve our overall goals of
> > improving quality business communications and reducing time to market
> > for health care products that we develop, manufacture and market for
> > the treatment of some of the world's most prevalent medical
> > conditions, including AIDS, cancer and diabetes."
> > Individuals
> > Groove provides individuals a broad range of tools for instant group
> > communications and interaction. Simple tools enable sharing of files,
> > lists, messages, calendars, Web bookmarks, photos, and other media.
> > More advanced, solution-oriented tool sets will help individuals
> > collaborate on joint projects, orchestrate remote meetings and
> > presentations, plan family events, share photo albums, or play
> > interactive games.
> > All content that is entered into a Groove shared space is stored
> > within, and automatically synchronized between individuals'
> > computers, giving users complete control over their content,
> > regardless of whether they're connected to the Internet. Moreover,
> > Groove fully encrypts all content, both on the users' PCs and across
> > the network, ensuring confidentiality of all communications.
> > "The conversations we create with email are a mess," said Jon Udell,
> > an industry observer and author of O'Reilly and Associates' Practical
> > Internet Groupware. "Discussion forums and document archives can help
> > preserve the contexts in which we collaborate, but they require
> > full-time Internet access, or corporate IT support, or both. What's
> > exciting about Groove is the way it empowers users to create - for
> > themselves -- the dynamic groups, coherent sets of messages and
> > documents, and secure shared spaces that they need to do their work."
> > Developers and Integrators
> > Groove Networks also announced today the availability of a free
> > Groove development kit (GDK) that allows developers to leverage
> > Groove's platform services. Utilizing the GDK, corporate developers,
> > systems integrators, independent software developers, and Web
> > developers can integrate Groove with existing business systems, or
> > create entirely new peer-to-peer and peer-to-Web solutions [see
> > related release].
> > Pricing, Availability & System Requirements
> > The Preview Edition of Groove is free and available now from
> > http://www.groove.net. Pricing for customized business solutions is
> > available upon request from Groove Networks and its partners. The
> > Preview Edition of Groove requires Windows Me, 95, 98, NT 4.0 or
> > 2000, and an Intel-compatible personal computer with a minimum 64 MB
> > of memory, 233 MHz Pentium processor, 56K modem (or a faster Internet
> > connection) and Internet Explorer 4 or higher. A Linux version of
> > Groove is in development.
> > About Groove Networks
> > Groove Networks Inc. is privately held and headquartered in Beverly,
> > Mass. Since its founding in October 1997, the company has obtained
> > more than $60 million in financing from Accel Partners, Intel
> > Capital, and private investors. For more information about Groove
> > Networks, visit http://www.groovenetworks.com. For more information
> > about career opportunities, visit http://www.groovenetworks.com/jobs.
> > ###
> > Groove Networks and Groove are trademarks of Groove Networks Inc. All
> > other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
> > Editors' Note: A rebroadcast of the full press conference will be
> > available for viewing beginning at noon Eastern Time on Wednesday,
> > October 25, at http://www.groovenetworks.com/launchevent.
> > Contacts: Richard Eckel
> > Groove Networks
> > (978) 720-2260
> > firstname.lastname@example.org Kristen Fahey
> > The Weber Group
> > (617) 520-7022
> > email@example.com
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