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PR: Novell Announces Groupwise 7 Open Beta

Jun 28, 2005, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])

Novell today announced open beta availability of its latest version of its collaboration platform, Novell GroupWise 7.

GroupWise 7 features advances for end users such as integrated e-mail and instant messaging, enhanced Outlook support and a pre-bundled SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Unlike Microsoft Exchange, GroupWise runs on multiple operating system platforms. As a result, customers can reduce costs and increase productivity using GroupWise 7 to govern and protect their mission-critical collaboration functions.

"Novell's commitment to supporting GroupWise through 2015 is a strong signal to customers GroupWise can be counted on today and into the foreseeable future," said Mark Levitt, vice president for Collaborative Computing at IDC. "GroupWise's availability on Linux, in addition to other platforms, offers customers a real choice for firms looking beyond Windows."

GroupWise 7 lets end users adapt the client to how they work in order to optimize their productivity and efficiency. Enhancements include integration between e-mail and instant messaging so users can see in an e-mail whether the sender is currently online, allowing them to move to IM to immediately resolve long e-mail conversations. In addition, a new "home" view summarizes a user's most pertinent information at a glance, multiple calendars for a single user make it easier to manage multiple projects, and a quick navigation bar helps end users jump to the places they use most through a simple, one-click interface.

"The promise of GroupWise is its combination of excellent functionality with rock-solid reliability and security, a promise it keeps every day," said Corey Cush, senior director of networking services for New York Health and Hospitals Corporation. "The new features of GroupWise 7 and Novell's long-term commitment to the product make it a simple decision to keep and expand GroupWise as a key part of our enterprise."

GroupWise 7 will include Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, pre-bundled at no extra cost to customers. The inclusion of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server allows GroupWise customers to begin embracing the leading open source server platform. On the client side, GroupWise supports Windows, Linux, Macintosh, Web browser and mobile devices. GroupWise 7 also enables cradle-based synchronization of PocketPC and Palm OS-based personal digital assistants and has made it easier for developers to build and integrate custom applications by allowing secure access to server functions through Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), a standard Web services-oriented interface.

Open beta versions of Novell GroupWise 7 are now available for free download, and customers can pre-order GroupWise 7 beginning July 7. Pricing will be announced at general product availability. For more information about GroupWise or the competitive upgrade promotion, or to obtain the beta software or pre-order GroupWise 7, visit http://www.novell.com/groupwise.

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