Groove Advisor: The Groove Blog

Groove Advisor is for IT professionals, developers, and users of Groove 2007.

Groove Advisor: The Groove Blog

  • New Office Groove blog from our partner in France

    Hommes and Process is a longtime Microsoft Groove partner. Most recently, they have published a paper on using Groove and SharePoint, available in french , and soon to be translated in English. Fabrice Barbin, co-founder of H&P, recently attended...
  • Q&A: More Compatability Stories

    My previous post on compatbility between Groove v3 (also known as groove virtual office) and Groove 2007 created a few questions about other compatibility issues. #1 Q: Can I use Groove 2007 with Office 2003? A: Yes, Groove 2007 works just fine with...
  • Did you know: Groove 2007 has spell check?

    Did you know that Office Groove 2007 has Spell Check? Although it may seem hidden, you can use Spell Check during many of your Groove activities. All you need to do is press F7 on your keyboard and Spelling will pop up! Try it when creating an Instant...
  • How to: relate two different drop down lists on the same form

    Hint: use the Key column and Key value in the Lookup options. Recently someone posed a question on our mail list, " Can I relate two drop-down list boxes on the same form? Example: In the first one I have values given by hand: soccer, basketball...
  • Welcome to the Groove Advisor!

    Readers probably know some of the Groove history , and know that Groove was acquired by Microsoft in 2005, and now ships with Office 2007 . It probably comes as no surprise that one of our biggest post-acquisition challenges has been navigating Microsoft...
  • How to import data into a Groove Form

    My friend Josh has written up a great step by step guide on manually importing data into Groove Forms. While this manual method may not be as elegant as a web services solution (more on that later), its a simple way to bring data into a workspace. ...
  • Groove Hotfix released, addresses two key issues

    We just released a hotfix for Groove to address two annoying problems: First, we've changed the account restore behavior. In Grove 2007 (and even the older Groove clients) account backups had a shelf life. If the account backup was > 60 days old, the...
  • Do I need Microsoft Office Groove Server?

    There seems to be some confusion about where, when, or even who needs Groove Server 2007. I'll try to clarify, with text and pictures. Let me know if I succeed. Most readers know that Office Groove 2007 is first and foremost a client application...
  • What happened to Groove.net?

    Most of you that are reading this blog are running Microsoft Office Groove 2007. This post doesn't really apply to you. But for those of you that are still running Groove Virtual Office, you might be taken by surprise the next time you visit the web...
  • Collecting Our Thoughts: A Guide to Groove Web Resources

    There are a lot of places to look for information on Groove, though you may have trouble finding them amidst everything else that is going on with the Office and Vista launch. Looking for the BOM we sweated over before launch? Or looking for the latest...
  • Speed Limits are in effect

    I came across this piece of feedback yesterday: Groove 2007 is my new favourite app but it has some limitations, this refers to a standalone installation of Microsoft Office Groove 2007, I’ll look at the benefits of Groove 2007 within the...
  • Upgrading to Groove 2007: Flying is easy, its the landing that's hard

    Upgrading is easy... We've got a great Groove v3x user population out there, and many of them are asking about upgrading to Groove 2007. As the banner indicates, upgrading is easy, but you should look before you leap. So first, How do I upgrade...
  • New Groove Portal on MSDN

    I’m pleased to announce that the new Groove portal on MSDN is live at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb308957.aspx We now have a home for developers who want to learn more about Groove and how to develop solutions on the Groove platform. The site also links to relevant content on TechNet and Office Online, providing easy access to those materials. This enables developers new to Groove to build a solid foundation of knowledge before taking Groove deployments to the next level by building a custom solution.
  • How to get started with Groove

    It is REALLY easy to get started with Groove. Just go to the web , download the client, and you are good to go. You'll need a passport account to download the client, but other than that, anyone can try Groove. The free download is valid for 60 days...
  • New Groove user group opens its doors; Meanwhile, we're taking heat in the support forums

    A new user group for the global Microsoft Office Groove community has started up. The group can help adress a fundemental challenge with Groove -- how to discover and share those "invitaiton only" workspaces? The Global Groove User Group has online web...
  • Field Tested Tools: Toucan Navigate for Groove

    Field-Tested Applications for your Organization Mapping Tools The folks at InfoPatterns have a long history with Groove. (Side note: I'll take some pride of ownership in initiating Tim Boyd into Groove several years ago as his TS). One great app...
  • Some feedback on the redirect to Office Online

    Mark, Otto, thanks for the feedback in the comments. (for some reason, I can't leave a comment myself, but chalk that up to blog ignorance). I appreciate that the old Groove.net site was an important place for our v3 customers to access tools and information...
  • Virtual Earth gets groovey

    Cool update to Michael Scherotter solution for running Virtual Earth inside of Microsoft Office Groove workspaces. Here's what it can do: Secure geo-collaboration It is part of a Groove peer-to-peer workspace which includes other tools...
  • Sledding, Running, Mapping -- Groove gets geospatial data on the move

    Welcome to 2008!  I've been off on vacation for a bit -- enjoying a great new england winter with plenty of skating and sledding with the kids, and racking up some running miles as well.  I got a slick running toy under the Christmas tree: ...
  • Barcelona?

    Are you planning on attending TechEd IT Forum in Barcelona this week? If so, make sure to check out our Groove sessions and meet us at the Groove / Office Enterprise kiosk. On Wednesday 14 November, we will deliver a session that discusses a deployment...
  • Microsoft Office Groove-tube

    Not sure if you have seen this quick YouTube video from Mike Agerbo , of Get Connected fame. He gives a two minute review of Groove 2007 and OneNote 2007. Its a good pointer if you are trying to explain Groove 2007 to someone for the first time. Although...
  • Office Groove Server 2007: Audit

    Learn about Groove 2007 Auditing We've just released a new whitepaper that discusses the Microsoft Office Groove Server 2007 Auditing feature. It provides information about Audit requirements, a description of how the feature works, and guidance about...
  • Searching for a Groove Search solution?

    We hear the request all the time -- "How do I search my workspaces?" You've probably noticed that there is no indexed search solution inside of Microsoft Office Groove 2007. Fast forward a couple years to the next release, and I hope we'll provide...
  • Introducing Groove's first MVPs!

    Last fall, we launched the Groove MVP program and requested nominations from Microsoft full-time employees. Microsoft's MVP team performs an extensive review of all candidates nominated for this prestigious award. The primary criteria to be awarded...
  • Groove review

    J. Peter Abruzze has just posted the first of a two part Groove review.  He does a good job explaining when you need Groove Enterprise Services, and when you need Groove Server 2007. Check out the full article at: Getting into the Groove, Part 1...