First of all some updates on our plans for Hot Patches, Support Packs and such.
This information is part of our overall road map discussions that we have at GWAVACon, the EMEA Summit and other major events. These are general guidelines and are subject to change, but this is our general plan.
– We plan to release 7.0.3 HP2 within the next 60-90 days.
– We plan to release 8.0.0 HP1 within the next 60-90 days, if necessary.
– We plan to release 8.0.1 in the first half of 2009
– We plan to release 7.0.4 during the second half of 2009 and we will release another 7.0.3 HP, if necessary. We are currently hoping that 7.0.4 can be the final support pack for GroupWise 7, but that is still to be determined. Product life cycles indicate that it might.
We are also working on a mobility solution, a 3rd Party integration solution (which may include the mobility solution), Exchange Gateway update, Exchange Migration Utility and GMS 3.0 AND In additon, we are working on the next major releases of GroupWise – code named Windermere and Monterrey.
– We are also working on Teaming + Conferencing deliverables – Boulder is the next major release of Teaming and we are discussing time lines and final feature sets. A lot of Boulder is already designed and coded, but we are evaluating if there are other things that need to be included.
Novell is also engaged in a few ‘Research and Development’ projects that deal with new ‘user interaction’ metaphors, new deployment metaphors and new collaboration markets. These projects have the potential of influencing and enabling some of our own evolutionary steps with GroupWise and Teaming + Conferencing and may provide opportunities for additional collaboration products, components or ideas.
I have met with several of our partners over the last several months and our partner community is very active and very bullish on the future of GroupWise, T+C and Collaboration. There are new products and solutions coming from our current partner community and several new partners are also launching products or preparing to launch products. I will highlight a few of these as they get closer to public announcements and authorize my ‘blogging’. 🙂
Currently, we are spending our time evaluating issues/bugs for 8.0 SP1 and 7.0.3 HP2. We are beginning to design several new features and flush out many of our ideas around Administration. We are working on some Unicode loose ends. We plan to move the Exchange migration utility from Public BETA to Shipping. We also plan to move GMS 3.0 for Windows to Shipping and GMS 3.0 for Linux to Public BETA. We are doing post-mortems on our Authorized BETA program, the Bonsai release and any ‘sharpening the saw’ type of activities. These are all in an effort to improve with each release, product and schedule. We are heavily engaged in Boulder. As many of you may know, we recently expanded the engineering for this product in Provo, Utah. We are more tightly integrating Teaming with GroupWise and Conferencing with GroupWise. Some of this work will expand beyond Boulder, but many next steps are in play.
We are also working on a few events – BrainShare of course is coming up soon! Please register – this BrainShare seems like it is going to be BIG for GroupWise/T+C/Collaboration as well as for Novell. GWAVACon Las Vegas is in January and we hope to see many of our customers there as well as at BrainShare. GWAVACon will have Novell representatives for GroupWise, T+C, OES and Zen – so very exciting! It will give our customers a small taste of what BrainShare will be like and provide you a lot of great content, valuable interactions and unique opportunities to meet with Novell Partners and Novell employees. Alex Evans, Product Manager, Travis GrandPre, GroupWise Marketing Manager and myself will be just a few of the Novell people that will be in attendance at both events.
The ‘end of year’ activities are many and keep us all busy. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I look forward to the new year and building this community even more in 2009!