Novell Opens the Enterprise for Cross-Platform Collaboration

Novell GroupWise Version 7 Open Beta Delivers Multiserver, Multiclient,

Wireless and Microsoft Outlook Support, Pre-Bundled With SUSE LINUX to Provide

Customers With Choice, Reliability and Security

Jun 28, 2005, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, GroupWise(R) EMEA Summit, June 28 /PRNewswire/ --
 Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) today announced open beta availability of its latest
 version of the most secure and reliable collaboration platform in the
 industry, Novell(R) GroupWise 7. GroupWise 7 features advances for end users
 such as integrated
 e-mail and instant messaging, enhanced Outlook support and a pre-bundled
 SUSE(TM) LINUX Enterprise Server. Unlike Microsoft Exchange, GroupWise runs on
 multiple operating system platforms. As a result, customers can reduce costs
 and increase productivity using GroupWise 7 to govern and protect their
 mission-critical collaboration functions.
     "Novell's commitment to supporting GroupWise through 2015 is a strong
 signal to customers GroupWise can be counted on today and into the foreseeable
 future," said Mark Levitt, vice president for Collaborative Computing at IDC.
 "GroupWise's availability on Linux, in addition to other platforms, offers
 customers a real choice for firms looking beyond Windows."
     GroupWise 7 lets end users adapt the client to how they work in order to
 optimize their productivity and efficiency. Enhancements include integration
 between e-mail and instant messaging so users can see in an e-mail whether the
 sender is currently online, allowing them to move to IM to immediately resolve
 long e-mail conversations. In addition, a new "home" view summarizes a user's
 most pertinent information at a glance, multiple calendars for a single user
 make it easier to manage multiple projects, and a quick navigation bar helps
 end users jump to the places they use most through a simple, one-click
     "The promise of GroupWise is its combination of excellent functionality
 with rock-solid reliability and security, a promise it keeps every day," said
 Corey Cush, senior director of networking services for New York Health and
 Hospitals Corporation. "The new features of GroupWise 7 and Novell's long-term
 commitment to the product make it a simple decision to keep and expand
 GroupWise as a key part of our enterprise."
     Advantages of GroupWise 7
     Novell GroupWise enables people in an organization to relate, coordinate
 and communicate to keep business moving forward. Designed to eliminate
 instabilities typical of many communications and collaboration solutions,
 Novell GroupWise provides end users with secure and reliable e-mail,
 calendaring, instant messaging, task management, document management and data
 storage functions.
     GroupWise 7 will include Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server,
 pre-bundled at no extra cost to customers. The inclusion of SUSE LINUX
 Enterprise Server allows GroupWise customers to begin embracing the leading
 open source server platform. On the client side, GroupWise supports Windows,
 Linux, Macintosh, Web browser and mobile devices. GroupWise 7 also enables
 cradle-based synchronization of PocketPC and Palm OS-based personal digital
 assistants and has made it easier for developers to build and integrate custom
 applications by allowing secure access to server functions through Simple
 Object Access Protocol (SOAP), a standard Web services-oriented interface.
     Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes Upgrade Campaign and Free Migration
     Novell also announced details today of an Exchange-to-GroupWise
 competitive upgrade promotion. For a limited time, customers migrating to
 GroupWise from Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes can purchase a single
 GroupWise user license for $49, including two years of upgrade protection, a
 savings of more than 70 percent off the current price for GroupWise 6.5.
     Novell's free GroupWise Migration Utility is available to easily move
 mail, calendar, task and other items directly from Exchange and Outlook into
 GroupWise. In addition, Novell partners are offering discounts on products
 complementary to GroupWise, ranging from training to anti-spam to migration
     "GroupWise 7 provides a great experience for the end user on the desktop
 or PDA while IT staff and executives can have confidence in the back-end
 investment," said David Patrick, vice president and general manager of Linux,
 Open Source Platforms and Services for Novell. "Our multi-platform approach
 gives customers choice and freedom, without them having to worry about whether
 their collaboration system is up and ready for them."
     Beta Software Availability
     Open beta versions of Novell GroupWise 7 are now available for free
 download, and customers can pre-order GroupWise 7 beginning July 7. Pricing
 will be announced at general product availability. For more information about
 GroupWise or the competitive upgrade promotion, or to obtain the beta software
 or pre-order GroupWise 7, visit .
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services
 to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of
 experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000
 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting
 customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By
 providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source
 software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a
 lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at .
     NOTE:  Novell and GroupWise are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries. SUSE is a trademark of SUSE LINUX
 Products GmbH, a Novell business. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus
 Torvalds. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.

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