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05.02.10

Novell Adds Support for Vista 7, .NET Applications, Winforms, and Microsoft WPF While Its Own Business Erodes

Posted in Mail, Microsoft, Novell, Vista 7, Windows at 4:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“[The partnership with Microsoft is] going very well insofar as we originally agreed to co-operate on three distinct projects and now we’re working on nine projects and there’s a good list of 19 other projects that we plan to co-operate on.”

Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO

Summary: “Everything Microsoft” inside Novell SecureLogin 7.0 SP1; Novell’s own installbase on Windows continues to decline

BASED on new posts such as this one, it is easy to see why Novell develops and promotes Mono and Moonlight while occasionally boosting Vista 7. Here are the latest SecureLogin “enhancements”:

The new enhancements include:

* Next-generation integration wizard for faster application enablement and a shorter, error-free deployment
* Support for .NET applications, Winforms & WPF
* Support for Microsoft Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)
* Support for Citrix XenApp 5

Judging by the above, Novell is not much of a GNU/Linux company. It’s not.

Novell’s loss of big clients has been covered by the following sources over the past week:

IDG: Oregon Schools To Use Google Apps–And Why Microsoft Should Worry (more here and here)

The City of Los Angeles recently announced plans to migrate its 30,000 employees from Novell GroupWise to Google’s collaborative suite.

The Inquirer: Los Angeles snubs Microsoft for Google

The city has been using Novell Groupwise collaboration software but has found that its mailbox sizes are too small for its needs.

Washington Technology: The City of Angels soars into a cloud

The companies are building a cloud e-mail system to replace the existing Novell GroupWise service for the city’s municipal agencies using Google’s suite of Web-based productivity tools.

The Ithacan: ITS to switch campus server from Novell

Information Technology Services is putting the final touches on plans to migrate student and faculty users off the Novell network operating system onto a new system, making campus computer use more efficient.

As long as Novell loses business, a sale of Novell becomes more inevitable. The worth of Novell keeps declining though. The workforce is also being moved to India and to the far east. Sandeep Menon, Novell’s Country Head in India, was speaking to the Indian press some days ago, but this issue did not come up.

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