This content is no longer actively maintained. It is provided as is, for anyone who may still be using these technologies, with no warranties or claims of accuracy with regard to the most recent product version or service release. A collaborative application facilitates information sharing and management, allowing groups to work together across an organization.
One example of a collaborative application is a document management system. With such a system, you can store documents in public folders so that they are easily accessible by everyone in an organization. Employing search capabilities, you can perform searches of the document database to locate documents written on a particular date, or containing specific types of information. Using workflow, your application can route documents for approval prior to adding them to the database.
For information about the types of collaborative applications you can write for Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003, see Collaborative Applications for Exchange 2000.