SPW: Workspaces Defined

SharePoint Workspace offers users the ability to collaborate with or without a central server.  When you create a new workspace from the launchbar, you have three options:


clip_image004SharePoint workspaces use centralized server-based network architecture for data storage and retrieval. Users must be able to connect to the server in order to publish changes that others can see. All data exists on the server itself (SharePoint Workspace just makes a local copy).

clip_image006Groove workspaces use peer-to-peer technologies for collaboration without any central server. Rather, each member of a Groove workspace is in essence a server for other workspace members. Therefore, users need to be online simultaneously for changes to propagate across Groove workspaces. When you are working with Groove spaces, you have the choice between creating a Groove 2010 space or a Groove 2007 space. The 2007 spaces are compatible with Groove 2007 and SharePoint Workspace 2010, and 2010 spaces are only compatible with SharePoint Workspace 2010.

clip_image008 Using Groove peer-to-peer technology, a shared folder simply makes a folder on your local computer available to workspace members without all the additional tools offered in Groove workspaces. Shared folders are compatible with Groove 2007 and SharePoint Workspace 2010.

Andrew Harris

Program Manager, SharePoint Workspace

Comments (3)

  1. rogervillela says:


    The Microsoft Office Sharepoint Workspace 2010 works with Microsoft Office Live Workspace ?

    Currently, i cannot sync because there is no instruction about how URL to pass or any kind of information on blogs and support of Microsoft Office Live Workspace.


    Roger Villela

    MCT/Technical Advisor

  2. Jim McCoy says:

    Hi, Roger.  Synchronization between the two isn’t supported.  I’d suggest you go to http://ask.officelive.com/workspace/ to try to find out if anyone else has been trying to do this, if you haven’t been there already…


  3. Christian Schmid says:


    I'm currently evaluating SharePoint and I installed the trial included in the Office Professional Plus suite.

    Now I've got an question about the Groove workspaces.

    Are you sure that they really don't use a central server for file storage?

    I just tried the following:

      1. Turning network on my PC off.

      2. Adding file to workspace on my laptop.

      3. Turning network on my laptop off

      4. Turning network on my PC on.

    And the file created on my notebook, successfully synced to my pc.

    How is this possible? I've made no further setup, and its surely not a "SharePoint workspace".

    I hope you can help me out 🙂

    Thanks in advance


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