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Novell Brings NetWare 5 File and Print Services to Macintosh

Novell, Inc. today announced plans to deliver NetWare 5 file and print services for the Macintosh later this year.

PROVO, Utah | March 1, 2000

  • Macintosh users to benefit from Novell's file and print services in a pure IP environment.
  • Prosoft Engineering to continue to sell and to support Macintosh clients for NetWare.

Novell, Inc. today announced plans to deliver NetWare 5 file and print services for the Macintosh later this year. NetWare 5 file and print services for Macintosh will further Novell's continuing effort to provide companies with Net services software that supports cross platform environments. Net services software provides universal services to secure and power all types of networks wired to wireless, corporate and public, the Internet, intranets, and extranets across all leading operating systems.

NetWare 5 services for Macintosh will provide users with the same reliable file and print services that PC users currently have. Many organizations have been anticipating these services from Novell before upgrading their heterogeneous PC and Macintosh environments to NetWare 5. Novell will provide these services for Macintosh users during the calendar year 2000.

"Our goal is to provide cutting edge technology for our students and teachers," said Alan Merrill, director of technology services, Gilbert Unified School District. "Novell and Apple are trusted educational partners and have provided another key element towards seamless integration in the educational environment. Having transparent NetWare 5 support for the Macintosh is fundamental to moving our students and teachers into the global educational community." The school district provides information technology services to 30 campuses with more than 28,000 students and 3,000 Apple computers.

"The Macintosh is a strategic platform for Novell and we are anxious to allow our Macintosh customers the ability to access their NetWare 5.x servers over an IP only network right out of the box," said Dave Shirk, senior vice president of product management at Novell. "By providing NetWare 5 file and print connectivity to the Macintosh, we are furthering our goal of supporting networked environments for the enterprise and small businesses." "By providing native IP support for Mac OS, Novell is providing a critical services to Apple's loyal enterprise customers," said Clent Richards, vice president of worldwide developer relations, Apple Computer Corporation. "Apple offers its full support in this endeavor and looks forward to seamless Mac OS connectivity to NetWare 5.1 for Novell's global enterprise customers."

Prosoft to Continue Distribution and Support of Current NetWare Client for Macintosh Products

Novell also announced today the conclusion of its contractual agreement with Prosoft Engineering, which it began nearly two years ago. Prosoft Engineering during this time has improved and released new versions of the NetWare client for Macintosh, and will continue to distribute these versions. Customers using existing versions of the NetWare client for Macintosh will continue to receive customer service and support from Prosoft Engineering. As a Novell Development Partner, Prosoft Engineering will continue to develop and sell NDS enabled products for the Macintosh platform.

"This is a major milestone for Mac OS connectivity," said Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft Engineering. "This announcement ensures that every Mac OS user will be able to take advantage of pure IP connectivity to the rapidly growing NetWare 5.x installed base. We at Prosoft are proud to have taken part in the development of Macintosh clients for NetWare and we look forward to continue providing innovative products for the Macintosh community."

Availability and Support

Pricing and availability of NetWare file and print services for Macintosh will be announced later this year. Novell will handle support related to file and print services for NetWare 5 while Prosoft will continue to handle all customer support for the Macintosh client for NetWare.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is a leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Net Services software gives IT organizations a way to adapt and accelerate their transformation to e-business, simplify the management and control of all networks, create a secure foundation for doing business on the Net, and help deliver a consistent and high-quality experience to end users in all locations. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.

For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at

About Prosoft

Founded in 1985, Prosoft Engineering, Inc. has helped develop some of the most successful Macintosh products available. Prosoft Engineering offers a wide range of software development and testing services for Macintosh, Windows and Unix. Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, Prosoft Engineering maintains a web site at

Novell and NetWare are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Blake Stowell
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: (801) 228-5083

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