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Interesting Reading…


February 23, 2009 6:16 pm





Let’s start off slow with a plug for my friend Gregg Hinchman and several of his Cool Solution articles that explain the ins/outs of upgrading to GroupWise 8!! Check out this link and read the current articles and the upcoming articles that he is writing. Great information and background as you plan and execute your upgrade to GroupWise 8!

Analyst Blog: Michael Osterman
Many of you may have seen this blog by one of the analysts who attending GWAVACon Las Vegas. Great read – especially all of the comments:

Lamenting Outlook:

Vampire in the machine – don’t let Microsoft Outlook bleed you dry
Letting Microsoft Outlook slip into your desktop PC is like inviting a vampire into your house. Before you know it, everyone and everything’s bled dry. Lest you get tempted, read on.
2/18/2009 6:00:00 AM By: Dee-Ann LeBlanc

As Novell continues to press forward in several areas around Collaboration, it appears to be a perfect time as other areas of this space appear to be losing focus and finding some of their own challenges.

As we receive market data from surveys and analyst research, it has also been reported that “2/3 of the Exchange users surveyed are on an Exchange system that is 5 years old or older – now 6. The majority were still on Exchange 2003”

Our own customer base is already running GroupWise 7 – about 88%! In just a few short months, we have seen good uptake on GroupWise 8 and expect a flood of upgrades as GroupWise 8 SP1 releases later this year.

As our customers have found – an investment in GroupWise is a solid and wise choice!

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  1. By:stideswe


    You mentioned GroupWise 8 SP1 above. We haven’t yet deployed GroupWise 8. If SP1 is just around the corner (so to speak) we might wait for it. But if it is going to be a while we might go ahead with the dot zero release. When is SP1 expected to be publicly available (as non-beta code)?


    • By:dlythgoe

      We are working towards a schedule where GroupWise 8.0.1 will be available at the end of the summer – currently planned for August.

      However, between now and then, there are several other things we will be working on and will be making available.

      We are planning a GroupWise 8.0.0 HP2. Currently scheduled for May.
      We are planning a Public BETA of 8.0.1 – Currently scheduled for June/July
      We are working on the mobility solution based on ActiveSync
      We are working on Novell Teaming and Novell Conferencing releases
      We are working on several other integration and synchronization solutions.

      Some of our plans are more concrete, while with others it is still too early to make more formal announcements. Please stay stay tuned as we will communicate our intentions as soon as we can.


      • By:skapanen

        Hi Dean,

        Can you tell more about the integration and synchronization solutions you mentioned?
        Those seem to be the critical things at the moment, atleast in our organisation..


      • By:dlythgoe

        This is a great question and one that I would love to provide more details. However, I can’t right now. I can tell you some of the major categories we are targeting for integration work and you may be able to draw some of your own conclusions. We do expect to announce several integrations and a roadmap for others as soon as we can.

        – Customer Relationship Management integration
        – Document Management integrations
        – Cross Novell product integrations including Teaming and Conferencing
        – Unified Communication type of integrations
        – among others…

        I hope that gives you some idea, but most important – stay tuned!


  2. By:dlythgoe

    Just yesterday, another article was published in Australia about the alternatives to Microsoft Outlook. GroupWise did very well in this comparison even though there were some obvious errors in their evaluation and understanding of the features and capabilities of GroupWise – particularly IM and Presence.

    Check out this article as well:,139023769,339295046-7,00.htm

    Related Link:,139023769,339295046-14,00.htm

    Lots of activity in the collaboration space and specifically around email.

    Hope you enjoy this coverage and congratulations to our Marketing Team for helping and contributing to these articles being written and press being informed.


  3. By:dlythgoe

    Scottish hospitals laid low by malware infection

    Mytob virus spreads in hospitals

    Computer virus strikes hospitals

    A quote from one of the articles:

    “In May 2007 patient services were hindered in hospitals on Tyneside in the grip of a computer bug. The virus brought hundreds of computers at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Freeman and General hospitals, all in Newcastle, to a standstill over three weeks.

    Three months earlier hundreds of patients were unable to book appointments with their doctors after NHS Grampian’s computer system was struck down by a virus.”

    It does not mention Exchange anywhere, but the virus does harvest address books and mail itself out – something that has never happened in GroupWise.

    Thought it would be interesting reading as well.

  4. By:brokerboy

    What are the benefits of Groupwise over the exchange?

    At Brokers Online we have over 200 staff using the exchange but I must admit that it can be very unstable.

    Has anyone got an idea of where I am best to look for an unbiased cross review of the two email systems ( i know ii’m on the novell site ).


    Simon Challiner