Novell offers GroupWise 5.0 beta, free move to upgrade

Novell has released an open beta version of GroupWise 5.0 and expects to have a final release-to-manufacturing version ready by the end of September.

Novell has released an open beta version of GroupWise 5.0 and expects to have a final release-to-manufacturing version ready by the end of September.

GroupWise 5.0, formerly code-named GroupWise XTD, will be targeted at the GroupWise installed base and at Microsoft's Mail and Lotus' cc:Mail customers.

When Microsoft shipped its Exchange Server replacement to Microsoft Mail this past quarter, Novell announced a competitive upgrade to move users for free to GroupWise instead.

"The Microsoft Mail customer base is in pain," says a Novell representative. "We've known that for a few years, and Microsoft has known that for a few years."

The beta version is also intended to help existing customers run pilots of the upgrade to test existing applications with the product. Although the upgrade's code is likely to change a bit before its release to manufacturing, the new features are now frozen.

The most significant new feature in Version 5.0 is the document management system that will be integrated with Novell's messaging and groupware system.

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