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GroupWise 2014

Microsoft Exchange 2013/Outlook 2013

Installation and Deployment Best of class Several additional components that must be installed prior to installing an Exchange 2013 server. These include: .NET Framework, Windows Remote Management 2.0 and Power Shell v2 and IIS.
Mixed Deployment Yes, older clients supported against GroupWise 2014 No, must deploy Outlook Anywhere infrastructure
Available On-Premises Yes Yes
Available in a Hosted Deployment Yes, through third-party partners Yes
Platform Flexibility Choice of server OS (Novell Open Enterprise Server, Linux or Windows) Only Windows supported
Directory Flexibility Support for NetIQ eDirectory, Active Directory or a no directory option Only Active Directory supported
Virtualization Most environments supported CPU 2:1 over-commitment recommended
Web Administration Console Yes Yes
Admin Web Services API Yes Limited
Scriptable Admin Functions Yes Limited
Security Recognized as one of the most secure email and collaboration platforms While improvements are being made, documented vulnerabilities in Exchange and its required components continue to increase
Upgrade Options Options include upgrading in-place or migrating to new server hardware on the server side; client upgrades can be done using a phased approach. No native upgrade from Exchange 2013 or earlier versions. Third-party migration products may be available, but many customers are forced into a “forklift” upgrade.
In-Place Upgrade Yes No, requires third-party tools
Global Signatures Yes Yes
Preloaded Personal Signatures Yes Yes
Flexible Email Compose Options Yes Yes
Welcome/Tutorial Page Yes Yes
Welcome/Tutorial Page Yes—stable, reliable and automatic Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) has been deprecated; status unknown
Query/Search Folders Yes No
Search, Then Open and Navigate to Folder Yes No
Robust Message Tracking Yes No
“Silent” Email Retraction Yes No
Instant Messaging Included Yes No. Requires at least one Lync 2013 server and additional server license(s) and Client Access License(s)
Task Management Yes Very basic functionality in the client
Contact Management Yes Very basic functionality in the client
Contact Management Yes Very basic functionality in the client
Shared Address Books Yes Yes, but does not handle external addresses globally
Photos in Address Book Yes, in personal address books Yes
Single-instance Storage for Attachments Yes No. SIS was removed from Exchange 2013
Server-side LDAP Authentication Yes Yes via Active Directory or LDAP integration at AD level
Easy Moving of Users between Servers, and Ability to Monitor the Move Yes, monitoring tool allows for backing out of the move and resolving issues on the fly Yes; however, multiple tools are needed to move from Exchange 2013, 2007 or earlier to Exchange 2013
Smart Caching Yes Yes
Routing Slips (Workflow Processing) Yes No
Clustering Support Yes Yes
Microsoft Word Text Editor Yes Yes
LibreOffice Text Editor Yes No
Inline Replies No Yes
Saved Filters Yes Yes, but only unread.
Quick-View of History Per Contact Yes No
Feature-Rich, Customizable Home View Yes Limited to available templates; full customization requires development tools and expertise
External Free/Busy Search Yes No, busy searching outside of the Exchange system requires user-by-user configuration
Browse Team Collaboration Sites/Files/Folders from Email Yes, natively with Vibe Yes, natively with SharePoint
Add Web Panels to Home View (Today View) Yes No, only weather
Broad Support for Mobile Devices Yes Yes
Licensing Per-mailbox license covers both client and WebAccess. Free SUSE Linux entitlement for the servers, Novell Messenger (IM) and Novell GroupWise Mobility Service (mobile device support) included. Options for per-user or per-device licenses. Exchange 2013 Client Access License (CAL) includes Outlook Web Access (OWA) and ActiveSync; a separate Outlook 2013 CAL is needed. No OS licenses are included, and archiving and unified messaging options are only available to E-CAL (Enterprise CAL) customers.
User Experience/Desktop Client Client supported across multiple platforms (Windows/Linux/Mac/WebAccess/tablet/mobile device) Client supported on Windows and new Mac OS
“Quick To” List Yes No
Relevance-Sorted Contacts, Folders, Categories Yes No
File Emails Yes, through multiple means (drag/drop, folder selection, navigation bar) Limited
Rules Yes Yes, but not as user-friendly
Calendar/Multiple Calendars Yes Yes
View Attachments Natively Yes, can view more than 600 file types without needing the application installed No
Duplicate Item Yes No
Preserve Attachments When Changing Item Type Yes No
Reminder Notes Yes No. Reminders can be set for appointments, tasks, or email. But not as a stand-alone note
Random Patterns for Recurring Appointments Yes No
Management of Tasks Sent to Multiple Recipients Yes No
Automatic Updating/Revising of Appointments By Sender Yes Yes
Proxy Rights (Delegates) Yes Can share an account, but no proxy rights comparable to those in GroupWise
Accounts Supported without Additional Licensing Cost Yes No
Proxy Rights (Delegates) Yes Can share an account, but no proxy rights comparable to those in GroupWise
Folders Yes Yes
Shared Folders Yes Yes, but complicated
Drag Content to Begin Email Yes No
Web Client Auto-Refresh Yes Yes
Full Proxy (Delegate) Capabilities in Web Client Yes No
Web Client Document Access Yes No
Rich Busy Search Capabilities Yes Yes
Native Phone Items Yes No
Navigation Bar Yes Yes

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