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Novell GroupWise 6 Powers Anytime, Anywhere Collaboration

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced the availability of Novell® GroupWise® 6, collaboration software that allows internal and external users to communicate and work together across all types of networks as one Net.

HANNOVER, Germany (CeBIT 2001) | March 23, 2001

  • Newest version of GroupWise, Novell's Net services collaboration software, powers deskless collaboration and provides access from any device anytime, anywhere
  • GroupWise 6 offers unmatched reliability, scalability and manageability on both NetWare and Windows platforms
  • Latest GroupWise is the most complete out-of-the-box collaboration and messaging on the market

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced the availability of Novell® GroupWise® 6, collaboration software that allows internal and external users to communicate and work together across all types of networks as one Net. With unmatched reliability, scalability and manageability that provides users access anytime, anywhere from virtually any device, GroupWise 6 includes e-mail, calendaring, document management and workflow services. It is the first and only integrated collaboration product to include wireless connectivity in the box as a built-in function. Driving new features to the more than 20 million current GroupWise users as well as to new customers, Novell GroupWise 6 will improve user access and productivity while reducing costs through increased reliability and simplified management.

"Responsiveness and productivity are critical to the success of any organization," said Craig Miller, vice president and general manager of Novell's Net Management business unit. "With its 'anywhere, anytime' access, GroupWise 6 lets individuals and organizations expand the scope of where and how collaboration takes place. Deskless employees - many of whom have traditionally not been connected to corporate collaboration systems - are now able to share their knowledge, ideas and resources like never before, increasing productivity and responsiveness to customers. Users are always in the 'collaboration zone,' meaning they are able to collaborate with customers, co-workers, etc., wherever they are with virtually any device."

Chris Duffy, communications manager for Rockford Corporation, said, "Nearly our entire sales force works remotely, which makes it very difficult for them to access and respond to important messages until they get back to the office and sometimes that's just too late. The release of Novell GroupWise 6 can provide our sales force with immediate, timely access to e-mail, appointments and other information, so they quickly respond to the needs of customers. Today's Net economy demands that kind of immediate customer service in order to build customer loyalty, increase revenue and ultimately grow our business."

Novell GroupWise 6 is tightly integrated with Novell NDS® eDirectory, the leading enterprise directory service, and operates across network operating systems including Novell NetWare® and Windows NT*/2000. In addition, GroupWise 6 includes wireless access to key collaboration and administration tools along with partner workflow, business process, universal messaging and document management tools. Devices that can access GroupWise 6 services include desktop and laptop computers, wireless telephones, PDAs and RIM devices.

Ashim Pal, director of Web& Collaboration Strategies for META Group, commented, "By 2004, over 50 percent of knowledge workers will have some form of wireless data access to corporate applications to enhance timely information delivery and customer response. To fully manage and exploit the capabilities of new applications access mechanisms, organizations will need to plan for wireless as a core infrastructure component rather than treat it as an optional add-in."

GroupWise 6 allows internal and external users to communicate and work together across all types of networks and leading operating systems as one Net. It enables organizations to secure and power Web- and wireless-based collaborative environments with unprecedented access. As a result, users are able to expand their collaboration zones and securely integrate with suppliers and customers.

Eliot Lanes, president of Viable Solutions, a Novell Platinum Partner(SM) in Orlando, Fla., calls Novell GroupWise 6 the most complete collaboration solution out-of-the-box on the market today, with features like document management and wireless mailbox access included at no additional cost. "GroupWise 6 is more than just a product upgrade. It is the only single collaboration solution capable of meeting the business requirements of today's Net economy. It will reduce our customers' administration costs, be tremendously reliable and allow them to get more out of their hardware investment."

GroupWise 6 Benefits: Simplify, Secure and Accelerate
Specific benefits to GroupWise 6 customers include collaboration and messaging that is highly available, secure, and works across platforms and on any device.


  • Simplify communications throughout the Net - GroupWise 6 provides flexible integrated e-mail, scheduling and task, contact and document management capabilities across traditional, Web-based, and wireless clients enabling organizations to streamline internal and external communications.
  • Secure the confidentiality and availability of vital information - Adherence to the highest industry standards for security provides complete confidentiality and authentication of communications through every point in the system, with no loss of performance or flexibility, enabling users to confidently conduct eBusiness.
  • Accelerate organizational responsiveness and productivity - GroupWise 6 increases the responsiveness and productivity of individuals and groups across the Net, allowing organizations to rapidly share information and collaborate in responding to rapidly changing market conditions. Integration with NDS eDirectory drives administrative efficiency that lowers costs and enables administrators to join forces with lines of business in adapting and optimizing business processes. GroupWise 6 leverages Novell Cluster Services™ and the extreme reliability of Novell NetWare to ensure 99.99 percent availability and near-instantaneous responsiveness of vital communications systems.

"We look forward to widely deploying GroupWise 6 because it will meet the very high demands our company places on technology," said Christine Brunnen, who is responsible for IT at IKK Baden-Württemberg, a German health insurance company. "GroupWise 6 offers advanced features such as the ability to limit the size of mailboxes and e-mails, thus helping us avoid storage space problems. Also important is being able to delay the sending and receiving of messages. The security, improved stability and cross-platform capabilities of GroupWise 6 are critical to us. Our investment in GroupWise 5.5 continues to pay returns as we move up to GroupWise 6."

Pricing and Availability
Novell GroupWise 6 will be available April 2001 for $130 per client (or $30 per user for Web or wireless access only without the client) through Novell authorized resellers and solution providers or http://shop.novell.com. When released, GroupWise 6 will be available in the following languages: English, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish. Additional languages will be made available in the future. For more detailed product information, visit http://www/novell.com/products/groupwise.

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.

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