Microsoft is to acquire Groove Networks
, who are responsible for providing software for the 'virtual office'. The aim of the move is for Microsoft to provide software that can help geographically distributed work-groups to function the same as those that work in a single physical location. The software which Groove provides will wind up being included in a new version of Microsoft Office.
The addition of Groove products to the line-up of Microsoft Office System products aims to allow Microsoft to meet the needs of organisations that are creating borderless project teams comprising employees, customers, partners, suppliers, and contractors.