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Novell Selected as Technology Solution Provider for Corporate Yahoo!

Companies will integrate support for NDS eDirectory into Yahoo! PortalBuilder 2.0 to give customers a secure infrastructure offering Web personalization and cross-platform support

PROVO, Utah | January 9, 2001

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced an agreement with Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) to integrate support for Novell's eBusiness infrastructure technology with Corporate Yahoo! (, a customized enterprise information portal based on the successful My Yahoo! interface. The companies will integrate support for Novell's industry-leading NDS® eDirectory into the Yahoo! PortalBuilder 2.0 server, giving customers a powerful platform that supports strong security, Web personalization and the ability to deploy an enterprise portal across all leading operating systems. The agreement confirms Novell's Net services software strategy to provide the infrastructure that secures and powers all types of networks as one Net.

Novell's Net services software will provide security, user identity management and integration with other resources for enterprise and government network deployments of Corporate Yahoo!. Corporate portals are an increasingly important element in business-to-business eCommerce, providing organizations the ability to customize their interaction with partners, suppliers and even their own employees. The META Group*, Inc. estimates that by 2003, 85 percent of the Global 2000 will have enterprise portals deployed or under development. As the boundaries between the internal network and the Internet fall, creating a single, unified network one Net the challenge of managing identities and relationships increases exponentially.

"The Corporate Yahoo! enterprise information portal leverages Yahoo!'s leading reach in the workplace, as well as our expertise in delivering a personalized and compelling portal experience to consumers worldwide," said John Willcutts, vice president and general manager, Yahoo! Enterprise Services. "With the addition of eDirectory software support, we'll not only tap into Novell's large network market base, but we'll also gain the security and identity management needed to enhance personalization in the enterprise."

"Our Net services software strategy is taking root. Yahoo! will offer its Corporate Yahoo! customers the content and applications they need every day through an infrastructure based on Novell's Net services software that is secure, scalable and a foundation for trusted business relationships, both inside and outside the firewall," said David Fleck, Novell vice president of worldwide partnering. "This agreement between Novell and Yahoo! helps bring together two large and growing universes the more than 68 million users of Novell's eDirectory software and the rapidly growing Corporate Yahoo! user base."

Novell's Net services software solves key eBusiness problems facing customers today by providing the power and flexibility they need to compete in a market that moves at Net speed. Novell's eDirectory remains the only directory on the market to work on all leading operating systems, which significantly simplifies the complexities of managing users, identities and resources in a mixed NetWare®, Linux*, NT, Solaris*, Tru64* UNIX* and Win2000 environment. It is the only full-service directory on the market today that can deliver the integration, scale and performance of both an enterprise and Internet directory.

Corporate Yahoo! ( is a customized enterprise information portal solution based on the widely used My Yahoo! ( interface. Enterprise customers licensing Corporate Yahoo! can integrate proprietary corporate content and applications with access to Yahoo!'s personalized Internet content and services behind existing firewalls. Corporate Yahoo! is a global solution that leverages Yahoo!'s position as the No. 1 most visited property at work, according to Nielsen/NetRatings' latest rankings, as well as an existing platform across 24 world properties and 13 languages.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the 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. 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

Novell, NetWare and NDS are registered trademarks, and eDirectory is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Yahoo!, Corporate Yahoo!, My Yahoo! and the Yahoo! logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Yahoo! *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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