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August 30, 2007

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mathew johnson

when you add up all the msft in-house development and previous acquisitions like groove:

why doesn't msft already have this feature?

Don Dodge

Mathew, Good question. There are several answers.

First, acquisitions are made for lots of reasons; people, customers, market reach, and technology. Features are usually pretty far down the list.

Second, Parlano has lots more features than the one I highlighted. Groove has some similar features but within the context of a "invitation only" shared space. Parlano is more ad hoc and lightweight.

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