Novell extends iFolder to handhelds

Novell has used this week's CEBIT conference to demonstrate the next version of iFolder, its distributed file technology

Novell has used this week's CEBIT conference to demonstrate the next version of iFolder, its distributed file technology

Novell's iFolder was introduced as a new feature in Netware 6 last year to provide remote PC users with access to their documents across the Internet.

The Professional 2.0 version, due for release next month, extends the technology to support handheld computer users.

Jeff Hawkins, vice president in Novell's storage division, said previous editions did not support handheld computers because the technology was based on Sun's Java language, which he claimed, is not well supported on handhelds.

The new release provides an HTML (Web) user interface, which does not require Java, allowing handheld computer users to upload and download files through iFolder.

At the moment the technology does not support file conversions, a limitation that Hawkins agreed would restrict its use somewhat to transferring data from PC applications supported on the user's handheld computer.

But in iFolder 2.0 Professional, Hawkins said a software developer's kit would be available, allowing third-party developers to create file conversion utilities.

The current iFolder requires Java client to be downloaded to a user's machine in order to work. Normally a registered user would log into one of Novell's iFolder gateways available through an ISP and access files either remotely via a Java-based Web user interface or locally through synchronisation software installed on the user's PC.

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