About Groove 3.0
The latest eWeek News and Analysis includes a quick outline of the latest Groove version to hit the shelves via beta release. Touting a new enhanced UI, improved file management, the ability to use Windows Explorer as a worjspace that can be synchronized across mutliple users’ PCs, and presence awareness capabilities, the new Groove has added some critical features for ad hoc and team-based collaboration. Hmmm….
One concern of all peer-to-peer platforms is security. Version 3.0 includes 192-bit encryption, and “also sports enhanced security and identity management through native support for an organization’s public-key infrastructure for identity authentication, plus centralized usage and data auditing and improved directory integration.” Impressive. One customer mentions using the tool for secure instant messaging and file sharing.
The downside to all of this? It’s that darned thick client that gets me every time, with performance and network latency high on my personal concern. I don’t know — I’m still waiting for the pure play web-based Groove-lite. There are plenty of apps out there able to provide the same level of security without all the bulk.