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Sneaking Peeks at Sequoia - Part 2

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By Jon Myers

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Posted: 30 Jun 2005

Jon Myers, the Marketing guy over GroupWise, has been living and breathing Sequoia (the next version of GroupWise) for quite awhile now, and he's dying to talk about it. We figured Cool Solutions was the perfect spot to turn him loose. If you have any questions you don't see answered, let us know and we'll pass them along to Jon.

First things first. If somehow you've missed the announcement, Novell has officially announced that this version of GroupWise will be version 7. Also, the open beta is now available for download. You can get there through

One major theme that you'll see throughout GroupWise 7 is enhanced user productivity. Now, you might be thinking, yeah, yeah we've heard this marketing speech before. Wait. This version really does go a long way to enhance end user's productivity, keep reading.

When you bring up the client for Windows*, the default view is the "home view." This new view gives users a way to customize their GroupWise experience. For example, most people use the mailbox in GroupWise quite frequently. Some use Calendaring and tasks just as much. Others use certain folder more. For all of these people, GroupWise 7 has the answer. You'll notice on the panes of GroupWise 7 there are small black carrots, or drop-downs at the top right. Click on one and you'll see that you can have one or two columns, you can edit the panel, maximize it for a while if needed, or close it altogether.

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Here's the trick. You can also add panels. Panels that suit your needs. For example, one way that I personally use GroupWise is to change emails into calendar items or checklist items if I need to follow-up on them. Accordingly, my GroupWise is set up so that I have my mailbox in the left column, and then my calendar and checklist in the right column. The panels in the home view are interactive so I can easily manage my day in one simple view by dragging mail to the calendar or checklist panels for actionable items. This view gives me everything I need for most days, so I'm not stuck switching between views, then orienting myself on where I'm at. Its all there at my fingertips.

Another time-saving trick is that each panel can be individually customized with combinations of filters and displays. With this, I can quickly check just my unread items if I need to, or sort items by user, or type, or date. All of these options happen quickly and easily and in one simple view, your home view.

Once you have the right panels displayed, you can drag and drop them between the columns to sort the panels how you want to see them. And all of the settings you put into place are sticky on the GroupWise server so the next time you open GroupWise 7 your home view will be yours.

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