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March 22, 2004
Shinkuro Beta v2.0
I had a chance to explore the collaboration technology of Shinkuro over the past two weeks, which I mentioned in my recent review of Groove (see Groove v3.0: A Tool For Our Times).
Shinkuro is making their beta of v2.0 available.
It appears that the folks at Groove and Shinkuro have been converging on an amazingly similar approach to file-based collaboration, based on leveraging shared folders. However, Shinkuro supports Mac OS X and plans to support Linux in the future, while Groove has chosen to support only Windows at this time. Both have an integrated chat and instant messaging style of communication. Clearly, these are directly competitive solutions.
Shinkuro has built its technology based on funding through a DARPA research contract, but is investigating commercial application of the technology, obviously.
[By the way, the folks at Shinkuro tell me the name is the Japanese word for "synchro" in case you were wondering.]
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