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Novell GroupWise 8 Sets Benchmark for Web 2.0-Enabled Collaboration
and Productivity

17 Nov 2008

Collaboration solution delivers fully customizable, interactive workspace
with the broadest platform support at a lower total cost of ownership
compared with Microsoft Exchange

Novell today announced the availability of GroupWise 8, the most flexible,
cross-platform e-mail and calendaring solution on the market. With the
broadest support for Windows*, Linux*, Mac* and the Web, GroupWise 8 gives
customers a complete personal productivity solution at a lower total cost of
ownership compared with Microsoft. This release boosts personal productivity
with a customizable dashboard that allows users to interact with traditional
tools such as e-mail, calendar, contacts and task lists as well as leverage
popular Web 2.0-enabled team workspaces, blogs, RSS feeds and applications.
Novell GroupWise 8 is a comprehensive productivity solution that brings
information to the forefront, helping users to stay focused and enabling
organizations to remain competitive in today's around-the-clock, global
business climate.

With a focus on solving the most important questions of human health in
our communities, our success hinges on seamless collaboration and
communication among our employees, students and partners, said Al Hidalgo,
Enterprise Systems support analyst at University Hospitals/University of
New Mexico Health Sciences Center. With the latest release of GroupWise,
UNM Hospitals will have an e-mail and calendaring tool that interoperates
with other e-mail systems and lets our users access Web 2.0 applications
without having to leave their customized dashboard. This approach to
collaboration eliminates unnecessary steps and disruptions while helping
our users increase their overall productivity. With just two administrators
supporting 8,000 users, the low administration costs of GroupWise help us
to respond to economic challenges in this time of fiscal restraint.

GroupWise 8 gives customers a secure, reliable collaboration solution at
lower overall total capital investment than the leading competitor,
allowing organizations to quickly realize value with a comparative
ease-of-administration. GroupWise 8 also delivers maximum flexibility
with the broadest platform support and the ability to run on multiple
servers and clients, including Windows, Linux, Mac and the Web.
Additionally, the fully customizable and interactive workspace enables
users to interact with Web 2.0 and team collaboration tools without
leaving their personalized dashboard, allowing them to monitor and manage
multiple tasks at a high-level while working at a detail level.

Email continues to serve as the primary communication engine for business,
but organizations are recognizing the strategic value that popular tools,
like instant messaging, blogs, wikis and social networking, bring to the
table, said Mark Levitt, program vice president, Collaboration and
Enterprise 2.0 Strategies at IDC. Integrated collaboration environments
such as Novell GroupWise 8, that combine email, IM and Web 2.0 touch
points, are well positioned to address the demand for these newer forms
of communication as well as the increase in mobile workers and
telecommuting, to help simplify communication, maintain business
relationships and boost workforce productivity.

GroupWise 8 Increases Productivity

Focused on making users productive and efficient, GroupWise 8 speeds
communication and boosts collaboration with the following new features
and enhancements:

* Interactive home view The personal productivity dashboard brings
Web 2.0 tools alongside traditional tools, allowing users to stay
focused on their work without having to jump between applications
to do their jobs.
* Support for hundreds of handheld devices Supports hundreds of
mobile devices, including iPhone*, BlackBerry* and Palm* to keep
users connected and productive from anywhere.
* Enhanced calendar Real-time calendaring with external publishing
capabilities helps users coordinate with internal parties, external
clients and contractors for an interconnected, seamless flow of work.
* Robust contact management Integrated contact management allows
users to embed relevant information like maps, photos and personal
details into the contact file, providing a single location to help
track, manage and build business relationships.
* Threaded discussions Simplifies e-mail threads and allows users
to manage communication quickly, efficiently and in the manner
that works best for them.
* Intuitive task management Allows users to prioritize tasks, add
subtasks and visually track tasks through completion. Users can also
turn e-mails into tasks, saving them time and effort moving action
items received in e-mail directly on to their task list.

Unified communication is fast becoming the linchpin of any organization's
operation, making innovative collaboration tools essential for business
success, said Kent Erickson, senior vice president and general manager
of Novell Workgroup Solutions. GroupWise 8, which builds on Novell's
20 years of experience delivering innovative e-mail solutions and
making IT work as one, offers customers the most flexible and powerful
personal productivity tools available today with more security and
reliability than any other solution on the market.