Novell has rolled out the beta version of its GroupWise 7 collaboration platform, which is designed to offer better functionality, greater integration with rival products and pre-bundled Linux capabilities. It has also promised to support GroupWise for another decade.
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Version 7 includes support for rival e-mail system Microsoft Outlook, and various usability enhancements.
GroupWise 7 lets users run the Outlook client with a GroupWise back-end. A connector is included to support either Outlook 2003 or XP.
“Novell’s commitment to supporting GroupWise to 2015 is a strong signal to customers that GroupWise can be counted on today and into the foreseeable future,” said Mark Levitt, an analyst at IDC.
“GroupWise’s availability on Linux, in addition to other platforms, also offers a real choice for firms looking beyond Windows,” Levitt said.
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 switch to instant messaging to resolve long e-mail conversations straightaway.
In addition, a new “home” view summarises a user’s most pertinent information at a glance, and multiple calendars for a single user make it easier to manage multiple projects. A quick navigation bar helps end-users jump to the places they use most through a simple, one-click interface.
GroupWise 7 includes Novell’s SuSE LINUX Enterprise Server at no extra cost – a move designed to encourage users to buy into Novell’s expanding portfolio of Linux products.
The beta version of Novell GroupWise 7 is available as a free download. Pricing for the final August release has yet to be announced.
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