Software giant Novell overnight launched an
open beta, or testing, version of its GroupWise collaboration
software, saying the software would combine traditional
collaboration functionality with updated Web 2.0-style
The Novell GroupWise 8 beta can be downloaded freely, and will run
on Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Additions to the software included
the ability to utilise wikis, blogs and RSS feeds, the company said
in a statement.
"A 'mash-up' style personal productivity dashboard allows
users to customise their workspace, providing a comprehensive,
single overview of the folders, e-mails, appointments, tasks,
collaboration and Web tools that matter most to them," Novell said.
"The new contact management features help users track, manage
and develop business relationships."
Kent Erickson, senior vice president and general manager of
Novell's workgroup solutions arm, said organisations were looking for
collaboration tools that kept their employees focused on moving
business forward, and their systems running smoothly, without
increasing their costs.
While most large Australian organisations have embraced
Microsoft's Exchange/Outlook suite in preference to GroupWise or
IBM's Lotus/Domino alternatives, there are holdouts,
with some NSW government agencies particularly still remaining