There continues to be a lot of activity around collaboration within Novell. It has been a very exciting time to see so many programs, interest and activities happening around our product line.
Let's start with GroupWise....
Hot Patches: We will be releasing within the next week or so a new Hot Patch for both GroupWise 7 and GroupWise 8. Please watch for this announcement. The patch is in final validation and we are working on a just a few details. This will be 7.0.3 HP3 and 8.0.0 HP2.
GroupWise 8.0.1: We will be in extended authorized beta in June and we plan to release at the end of the summer. September is the target. Everything appears to be on track and all quality metrics indicate a very solid, reliable release.
GMS/Mobility: We recently released GMS 3.0.1 for Linux. Nokia and Novell will continue to provide fixes and updates to GMS throughout the support contract. We are currently planning a GMS 3.0.2. A schedule has not yet been published.
Many of you are waiting for an announcement about the next generation mobility solution. We have stated that it will be based on the ActiveSync protocol and will include support for the iPhone. Product Marketing is handling these communications. I can't say more at this time - but I am very happy about how things are shaping up! :) Several members of my engineering team are involved and actively working on this and related integrations.
Teaming (Boulder): We are preparing for Authorized BETA 3 - scheduled for May 13th. The beta sites have been extremely enthusiastic about Boulder and its much improved UI and performance. Public beta is scheduled for June and expectations are very high. Final shipment is scheduled for mid-Summer - or around July/August. We will also be enhancing integrations between GroupWise and Teaming. These include the synchronization of appointments and tasks. We expect to deliver those integrations around the same time as the 8.0.1 and Boulder releases.
We have over 60 beta sites and active participation each week. Kablink is in full swing with over 1100 downloads of Teaming so far. Check out kablink.org to see the very latest open source activity and help contribute to our Teaming product!!
Conferencing (Bristol): Real time collaboration is a very hot topic and one that has huge potential. The Bristol schedule is still slightly in flux, but engineering is making good progress in each 'sprint' of its Agile process. Product Marketing is evaluating options and providing needed market and financial perspectives. The plan is to have a real-time collaboration solution/update later this year.
Server Migration Utility: Version 1.1 shipped yesterday. It is now live and available on download.novell.com. It includes support for GW8, bug fixes, usability improvements and additional documentation refinements. It can be used to migrate from one server to another - when a new server is added to your system - or to migrate from one server OS to another...like when all of you UPGRADE to Linux!!!
In addition to all of these engineering tasks, there are several marketing and product management activities going on as well. The last blog was about the GroupWise Trade Up Offer. The 'IT in Action' tour is happening around the world. The GWAVA Migration Tour is in full swing. We now have several more avenues of communication with administrators and end users.
We have created a FaceBook Page - 'GroupWise'. Become a Fan and encourage your users to become fans as well. We want to hit our first major milestone of 10,000 Fans!! Alex Evans and myself are active on Twitter...Check out 'GroupWise_Info' and 'thegroupwisepm' on www.twitter.com. There is always NGWList and this Blog. Kevin Crutchfield has just become an Official Cool Blogger for Novell. Watch for his posts and insight from the Teaming and Conferencing Teams.
Many of you probably heard that Ken Muir is returning to our Business Unit and will be part of the collaboration story moving forward. This is very positive for Novell and for these product lines.
Well - that's the update!!
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