Today is a very special day in the history of Novell and especially in the history of GroupWise. On this day, 20 years ago (8/08/88) - WordPerfect Corporation released WordPerfect Office 2.0 for DOS LANs (based on WordPerfect Library, but with e-mail and group scheduling).
We currently have three people on the GroupWise Engineering team that were either working for Novell or actually working on GroupWise at that time. Jay Parker started with Novell in July 1987 and he has always worked on GroupWise. Tom Urquhart and Kevin Crtuchfield began working at Novell that November - 1988. There are 6 other engineers - including myself - who began working at Novell in 1989 and 1990.
Today marks 20 years of history with a company and product that has been a fascinating part of many of our careers and lives. In 1988, I was still single, listening to 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin, going to school and looking for my first computer job :)
When I arrived to the GroupWise product, Novell was preparing to release GroupWise 5.0. My first assignment with GroupWise was working on the Address Book with Dennis Foster - who is also still with Novell. My job was to code the 'Name Completion Control'. I worked on it during the day, dreamed about it at night and solved problems with my designs and bugs during the commute and during lunch discussions. We shipped the product and I attended my very first BrainShare in Salt Lake City. Meet the Experts - I had a line waiting to talk to me for 4 hours - I answered questions non-stop about the Address Book, Filters and, of course, the Name Completion Control. One attendee took a look at the Name Completion Control and declared - "now, that is sexy" - I was hooked!! I knew I had found a place where I could be happy!
It is 2008 and we are about to go to Public BETA with the 8th major version of this amazing product and technology. GroupWise is better than ever, it is used by more people than ever in its history and is one of the most profitable products in Novell's portfolio. How exciting!
Please share with me your memories and history about your experiences with this product and with the amazing community of experts, partners, technicians and sales people that continue to believe and rally for its continued success - may there be another 20 years!!
Disclaimer: As with everything else at Cool Solutions, this content is definitely not supported by Novell (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).
It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.