Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Farewell to Groove

I've been trying to keep an eye on the Office 15 rollout. Less concern in mind over the new applications and more about the implications they have for SharePoint. I'd heard from Becky Isserman that my trusty old friend InfoPath was getting barely a manicure, let alone a full makeover, but it seems that this is not quite correct.

Lots of new web controls supported, sandboxing, full support for Visual Studio. Heck, all we really need is support for Managed Metadata and we're golden. I can't imagine why we're dragging our feet for so long on that, but c'est la vie.

Now then, as Redmond giveth, Redmond taketh away...

Groove is finally dead. A single tear rolls down Ray Ozzie's cheek. Apparently this functionality is to be replaced with SkyDrive and SP2013 integration. We'll have to see how that works exactly, but if the offline support is as-advertised (because that always happens!), then we might just be hurrying to SP2013 sooner rather than later.

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