Various forms of technology can support or hinder collaboration.


Groupware is software designed for multi-person use. Other terms for groupware include collaborative technologies.

While there are different ways to classify groupware, some major types are

  • e-mail (include ftp?)
  • conferencing software (remote desktop control, screen sharing)
  • virtual office (usually centers around file sharing)
  • project management
  • messaging (text messaging such as IM)
  • workflow
  • electronic meeting support (brainstorming, voting)
  • calendar and scheduling
  • interactive web (e.g., wiki)


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