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The next version of Groove is getting a new name; the successor to Microsoft Office Groove 2007 will be SharePoint Workspace 2010.

Microsoft claims that this is a natural progression since Groove is to SharePoint like Outlook is to Exchange. SharePoint Workspace 2010 won’t just be the same product with a new name: the software giant plans to add features that make it easier to deploy and manage. At the same time, Microsoft says that SharePoint Workspace will make it easier to access SharePoint content (or content from any server that implements the publicly documented protocols).

Microsoft also noted this week that SharePoint Workspace and OneNote will be added to Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. The addition of these two products into this SKU should be a big deal for Volume Licensing customers.