Wednesday, June 15, 2005
InformationWeek > Interview > Ballmer On The 'New World Of Work' > June 14, 2005
InformationWeek > Interview > Ballmer On The 'New World Of Work' > June 14, 2005: "Ballmer: Ray understands how to do this. Groove got sold to CIOs, not to end users, primarily. What Ray was trying to do with Groove was to make sure you got the best of decentralization and the best of federation--that was a basic part of the Groove model. With the work we're doing to federate Active Directory over time with Passport, you want the best of decentralized and centralized. You really don't want to push all one way. With a decentralized design, it's hard to get corporate to buy-in. And if you're all centralized, you can't get any kind of organic, bottom-up work. ... Office 12 will bring with it a set of things to support this style of work because Office 12 is not going to require a new release of Windows at all. It will also run on Windows XP and other versions of Windows. The Groove infrastructure eventually could be made available independently of an Office release, but the initial thought is just to get Office 12 and Groove well integrated."