Updates on GroupWise Ascot, GroupWise 8, Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack, Novell Vibe OnPrem (Evergreen), etc.
My last blog, on April 29th seems so long ago. I guess things are moving forward on so many fronts that there are simply a lot of things to communicate and to update the community on. In addition, I was traveling for a week in Europe – so the time has compressed even further.
A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Europe to participate in the TTP EMEA conference held in Regensburg, Germany. I also visited several customers with Kai Reichert in other parts of Germany. I then visited our support teams in Prague and Rotterdam. I concluded my trip with a meeting with Erno de Korte from the Open Horizons organization. The trip was very good and allowed me to have face to face meetings about some of the opportunities facing GroupWise and the marketplace.
Here are the themes heard most often.
- What is the future of ConsoleOne and the Administration story?
- What is happening with the Mac Client?
- How are you dealing with co-existence issues where Exchange and GroupWise exist in the same organization? What about the Exchange Gateway?
- What is the schedule for Ascot? Windermere? GroupWise 8.0.x?
- What about the Outlook Connector?
- What is the schedule for the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack?
- What progress has been made with regards to easier upgrade/roll out of updates?
- When is 64-bit Agents coming?
- When will GroupWise support other directories – i.e. Active Directory?
Many of these questions will be answered or addressed in this blog and others are already topics of previous blogs. The ones left will be topics of future blogs and presentations/communications at BrainShare 2011.
We are planning on releasing an update to GroupWise 8. It will be GroupWise 8.0.2 HP3. It is scheduled to release in the next 4-6 weeks. It will contain all fixes made to the GroupWise 8 code base since we shipped HP2 in January. All of the fixes are customer driven. The fixes are issues reported by customers, escalated through Novell Technical Services and resolved by the engineering team. We currently have all of the fixes done for this release and the only task remaining is for the code not to change while Quality Control validates the changes and prepares the code for public release. There are no significant features in this Hot Patch – only bug fixes.
We expect the next Hot Patch – HP4 – to be released later this year, after we release Ascot and after we have a significant number of changes to warrant another public release. We plan HP4 to release by the end of the year. Our hot patch schedule has been roughly every 4-6 months as customers demand.
GroupWise Ascot schedule is still marching on. The last update we provided was last November. Of course, lots of things have changed since November – so here is the latest.
We expect to be in Authorized and Extended BETA in the next 4-6 weeks. We expect the BETA to run about 3-4 months and then prepare the code for final release. We are currently targeting release near BrainShare Salt Lake City. I am comfortable saying ‘early Q4′.
We have previously highlighted, in other blog posts, several of the main features that will be coming in Ascot. We will continue to share details about the new features and how they work using this medium. We hope you will participate in the BETA, give us feedback in the blogs and come see the product at BrainShare!
Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack
The Mobility Pack shipped Chinook in March. It is now preparing its second update to that release since March. We expect to release that in the next couple of weeks. It will be update 1.1.2 and contains many fixes to increase the stability and reliability of this solution.
Delaware – the next major update of the Mobility Pack is still on schedule and will release in the coming months – I will say during Q3.
Novell Vibe OnPrem (Evergreen)
Evergreen is moving right along and is scheduled to release in June/July. It is deep into its BETA and it is going very well. Novell Vibe OnPrem (Teaming) continues to impress and push forward. We will be writing specific blogs on the features and capabilities of this release in the coming weeks. The feedback and excitement from the BETA has been fantastic! This project is on schedule and we encourage everyone to take a look at this latest installment.
Evergreen will include a new Data Synchronizer Connector that will synchronize calendar and task items from Vibe OnPrem to GroupWise! This component is also deep into its BETA and is highly anticipated.
Well there you have it, an update for most of the Collaboration products. Please let me know what questions you still have. We will be writing new blogs on some of the missing topics referenced above.