Collaborative software or groupware is application software designed to help people involved in a common task to achieve their goals.In terms of the level of interaction it allows, collaborative software may be divided into:
- Instant messaging and Communication.
- Audio/Video conferencing.
- Real-time collaborative editing.
Collaborative software is a broad concept that overlaps considerably with other computer-supported cooperative work.
Collaborative software is not a new concept and has been used for decades, harrolding back to the days of dialup modems and bulletin board systems. Today collaborative software has evolved into multi-media rich environments
Most major technology companies are currently utilizing collaboration software to great effect.
Canadian Government Use
The Canadian Government has been using various collaborative software platforms for quite some time. It use can be summarized by either a organizational approach, a teams approach and as pockets of like minded individuals,