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Posted: 11 Feb 2005
 

Novell unveiled the long-term plans for its flagship collaboration product, Novell GroupWise, including plans for three releases over the next four years. Novell's roadmap firmly underscores the status of GroupWise as an integral part of Novell's corporate strategy and emphasizes the vital role traditional Novell products play in the company's future.

"Novell's commitment to GroupWise has never been stronger. Novell has been steadfast in delivering ongoing value in GroupWise, and customers can be assured they will continue to see an increase in that value going forward."

David Patrick
General Manager
Platforms and Services
Novell Inc.

The next release of GroupWise, codenamed ?Sequoia,? is due to be released in the summer of 2005, followed by ?Aspen? and ?Cedar,? targeted for fall 2006 and spring 2008, respectively.

Novell GroupWise is a complete collaboration software solution providing enterprise users with e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, task management, document management and data storage functions. The No. 1 alternative to Microsoft Exchange, GroupWise has long been praised by customers and industry watchers for its security and reliability. The next releases of GroupWise will build on this foundation with additional functionality and new ways to collaborate.

?While Novell continues to garner many positive reviews for our Linux and open source strategies, we also want to be clear that our faithful GroupWise customers can look forward to a bright future with Novell and GroupWise on the platform of their choice,? said David Patrick, general manager of Platforms and Services for Novell. ?Novell's commitment to GroupWise has never been stronger. Novell has been steadfast in delivering ongoing value in GroupWise, and customers can be assured they will continue to see an increase in that value going forward.?

GroupWise Sequoia will provide significant enhancements for end users with interface improvements and new functionality. Novell is also improving the application programming and administration interfaces in GroupWise. Novell will announce details about GroupWise Sequoia at its annual BrainShare? customer conference in March in Salt Lake City.

?Novell's commitment to GroupWise and the development of robust APIs has allowed GWAVA and many other partners to develop sophisticated solutions to meet a wide range of needs. The future of GroupWise is very bright as Novell continues to respond to the market and support the Novell GroupWise partner community.?

Charles Taite
President
GWAVA

In GroupWise Aspen, Novell plans to further team collaboration and provide new data backup capabilities. Novell will also focus on enabling more partner applications. To date, Novell partners have taken advantage of trusted application programming interfaces (API) to create more than 150 add-on products that run efficiently with GroupWise.

Charles Taite, president of GWAVA, a developer of software solutions for GroupWise, said, ?Novell's commitment to GroupWise and the development of robust APIs has allowed GWAVA and many other partners to develop sophisticated solutions to meet a wide range of needs. The future of GroupWise is very bright as Novell continues to respond to the market and support the Novell GroupWise partner community.?

The focus for GroupWise Cedar is to bring the rich functionality of GroupWise to users on any platform, anywhere at any time, to improve user experience, and to increase administrative functionality and grow scalability. This release will build on Sequoia and Aspen for team-enabled collaboration and further simplified administration.

Press Release: Feb. 09, 2005 - Novell Reveals Long-term Plans for GroupWise

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