BSCW supports asynchronous and synchronous cooperation with your partners over the Internet, in your Intranet or in a network with your business partners (Extranet).
For asynchronous (non-simultaneous) cooperation, BSCW offers shared workspaces that groups of people can use to store, manage, jointly edit and share information (documents, notes, URLs, tasks etc.).
The essential advantages:
o With a BSCW workspace, you may share information within a workgroup – independent of the specific computer systems that the members use.
o You do not need to install any software before using BSCW. You only need a standard Web browser.
o You access BSCW workspaces, browse folders and download documents to your local system just like ‘normal’ Web pages.
o BSCW keeps you informed of all relevant events in a shared workspace.
o You can upload documents to a shared workspace or create notes, URLs, tasks etc. using any standard Web browser.
For synchronous (simultaneous) cooperation, BSCW provides tools for
o planning and organizing meetings,
o ad-hoc communication with partners, who are currently logged into a shared workspace and therefore are likely to be working on a common task.