A quick an easy synopsis for you -digest and enjoy! If you want to discuss this in more detail, my colleague Brian Barnes will gladly lead any retail based discussions. 

1: Instant Search!

It’s Fast and Easy! This feature that is available from almost anywhere in Windows Vista, enables you to type a filename, a property, or even just text contained within a file, and it returns pinpointed results!

2: Fast boot and resume!
Power on and off your computer in 2-3 seconds, enabling you a consumer electronics like experience.

3: Performance Centre – Performance Diagnosis!
Windows Vista has built in performance diagnostics which can detect and self correct many performance issues. From the diagnostics centre you can visibly see what could be causing glitch’s in media playback, slow application start-up, slow boot up and network problems.

4: Parental Controls!
Allows parents greater peace of mind and an increased level of confidence in their ability to control what content their children can view when they use a computer. The Parental Control panel helps parents to set time parameters for PC usage, control which websites can be viewed and read detailed reports about their children’s use of applications.

5: Photo Gallery!
A great way to show photos to your friends and family. Easily edit and touch-up your photos with built in red eye reduction, auto contrast, smart cropping and rotation tools.

6: Aero Glass!
A professional, attractive, graphically rich desktop experience that takes advantage of contemporary hardware, featuring more animation and translucent glass on the Start menu, window borders, and other critical Windows UI components.

7: Backup & Restore!
The new backup and restore control panel makes it fast and easy to determine the backup status of your pc and to take action, as needed, to protect you against data loss.

8: Meeting Space!
Ideal for those situations where a projector is not available! Whether you are making a Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation or revising a spreadsheet, Windows Meeting Space enables face-to-face collaboration by as few as two or as many as ten people. Quick, easy and secure connections make sharing and viewing documents easier than ever.

9: Sidebar!
Unleashes personal productivity by enabling instant access to “gadgets,” a nearly endless variety of engaging, customisable mini applications, which provide information at a glance and easy access to frequent tasks.

10: Windows SuperFetch!
Gives you control of your PC much quicker! SuperFetch tracks which applications are used most often and preloads them into your computer’s memory, giving you access to your applications in record time. It is also clever enough to differentiate between which applications you’re most likely to use on the weekend or during the week, so the computer is ready with the applications that are most likely to be needed at any given time!

Author: Paul Stoddart


Ultimately SharePoint Portal would generally be the main enterprise platform for document management and collaboration because of its tight integration, deeply embedded functionality and familiar and common user interface as part of the core Office System. Groove’s agility is its real differentiator, its replication and synchronization capability into SharePoint ensures it is a complimentary product rather than a challenger. By agility I would reference the information supplied below, specifically its ‘extranet’ or third party comprehensiveness, offline capability meaning it’s great for a mobile workforce and finally its ability to integrate back into SharePoint and the rest of the office system to enhance team collaboration. 

Working in Groove 2007 workspaces saves time and increases individual when mobile or outside the firewall thus enhancing team productivity and what’s more – You stay in synch automatically, so you spend less time coordinating with each other and more time on the job in hand! 

Summarised Benefits 

1.                   Teams Work Together Dynamically and EffectivelyThe team, tools, files, and information in one place – right on each person’s PC. 

  1. Create a Groove 2007 workspace right on your computer with two clicks.
  2. Invite your colleagues, partners, and customers without worrying about server space or security.
  3. Add tools to support your team’s evolving needs: file-sharing, discussions, meetings, business forms, and more.


2.                   Stay Productive AnywhereWork effortlessly in the office, at a customer site, on the road and from home. 

  1. All Office Groove 2007 workspaces, tools, and information are stored right on your computer.
  2. Continue to access and update team information even when you’re offline.
  3. Automatic synchronization keeps you and your team members up to date.


3.                   Streamline Process Execution & Content CreationIntegrated solutions bridge dynamic team collaboration with enterprise content & process. 

        I.            Extend enterprise files, data and workflows right into Groove workspaces.       II.            Work together easily and more securely with third parties on files and structured business data without VPNs or extranets.     III.            Team updates easily become part of the corporate record without manual uploads or copying & pasting. 

4.                   New Integration with Microsoft Programs & Technologies!Tap into Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 to enhance team collaboration. 

  1. Synchronize a Windows SharePoint Services v3.0 or Office SharePoint Server 2007 document library with Office Groove 2007. Collaborate on files in Groove and publish back to the document library when you’re done.
  2. Import your Office InfoPath 2007 forms into Office Groove 2007. Collect and track structured data in your team workspace, and export or synchronize results with back-end systems.
  3. Make a phone call or start an instant messaging session from an Office Groove 2007 workspace using Office Communicator 2005 or 2007.

 From http://markharrison.co.uk/blog/default.aspx 

Administrator documentation for Office SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2 :

Administrator documentation for Windows SharePoint Services v3 Beta 2 :

An internal email from Chris Capposela (head of IW) to field sales confirms that 2007 will get added to the price list in November.  This is excellent news and a strong indicator of our confidence.  That said, usual caveats apply about how product performance and quality will ultimately dictate availability.

Our development schedule remains on track to deliver the 2007 Microsoft Office system by the end of 2006, with broad general availability in early 2007.  Feedback on quality and performance will determine the exact dates.

Picture Perfect

September 7, 2006

I’m loving this specific element of functionality in office 2007, mainly because i believe so deeply in the value of graphics. I’m an impacient person, in a world of information overload a picture paints a thousand words and make a page full of text that much more engaging. One of our goals for the Office 2007 user interface was to make it easier to create beautiful output and this does just that in much less time!

In many circumstances, you are judged by the quality of the output you create. And software that helps you create beautiful output makes you look smart and feel good – i sometimes think i need all the help i can get 🙂

Many of the features of the new UI, including the Ribbon, galleries, and Live Preview, were designed together to create an environment in which you can discover and easily use the power of Office’s formatting capabilities. Add to this the new Office 2007 graphics engine, and suddenly in a few clicks, you can create beautiful-looking output without learning to be a Photoshop expert.

Every kind of object in Office 2007 (table, chart, picture, drawing, etc.) has an overall gallery on its first contextual tab which allows you to set the overall style for the object.

Every object has a gallery of overall styles available

Although you can continue tweaking and formatting to get highly customized results, the default choices are designed to be beautiful right out-of-the-box; with one click you can achieve graphics designer-quality results meaning you can look like you know what your doing when really you’ve got the right tools!!!!!!!