It has been a few weeks, since January 8th, that we have talked about the status of a few projects that the GroupWise Engineering team is engaged in. I wanted to give an update on where we are at and what issues we are trying to solve.
GMS on Linux. Public BETA Refresh. We are posting this week – might be there already – a refresh of the Public BETA. GMS on Linux has been in Public BETA since November and we have received very little feedback. We have received some feedback and we have addressed all of those issues. However, we wanted to give this product a little more bake time before we officially released it. We do not have any current outstanding issues that we are pursuing, but we are still taking emails, inquiries and doing internal testing along with our partner Nokia. We do intend to officially release GMS on Linux in a few weeks. Our goal is just before BrainShare. I know that this has been a long time coming and we hope that it will be a product that you will deploy and use.
GroupWise 7.0.3 We are currently in Public BETA with 7.0.3. We entered Public BETA in January and we have had very good feedback and input on the Public BETA. We currently have about 1/2 dozen outstanding issues that we are following up on and we expect to have a GMC (Gold Master Candidate) build this week. Once we have this build, we will run through some final validation and internal rollout of the product and then we will release it to the public. We also expect to release GroupWise 7.0.3 just before BrainShare – in a few weeks. Currently we have run 83% of our test cases and we have passed those test cases at 95%. We will run all 100% of our P1 level test cases before we ship. Internally, our IS&T department has rolled out the agents to several Post Offices, MTAs, WebAccess and GWIA. IS&T is very happy with this release and we are expecting 7.0.3 to be our most solid release of GroupWise 7.x code yet. As it should be!!
One more bit of information, 7.0.3 contains fixes for many different issues. We have contacted over 90% of the customers that reported issues in 7.0.x that were fixed in 7.0.3 and had them help us validate 7.0.3 and their fix specifically. This has been a very effective use of our time and resources. It has involved many of our customers and it has allowed us to communicate effectively about the fixes/updates that customers report and we fix! We expect to continue to involve our customers, partners and support personnel in making sure each release of GroupWise is better than the previous release.
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