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synchronous groupware

same as “realtime groupware”; software used to help people to work in groups, while working together at the same time. The term synchronous is used to contrast this type of groupware with asynchronous groupware, which does not allow users to interact together in realtime.

Examples include:

  • the telephone
  • videoconferencing
  • playing arcade games together
  • shared drawing tools that allow people to see what their conversational partners are drawing as they draw
  • chat systems
  • shared virtual realities