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AttachMSFT Takes Over Microsoft Rival GroupWise. What Now?

Posted in Google, Mail, Microsoft, Novell at 5:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Novell’s mail business is now in another company’s hands and there is reason to believe that change may occur due to GroupWise losing market share

ONE of Novell’s ways of staying somewhat relevant is an E-mail legacy it has maintained for a while, even in the face of Google which disrupts the area (this new comparison which mentions GroupWise is mostly about Microsoft and Google). abend.org writes about a GroupWise 9 update being out there just shortly before AttachMSFT formally arrives. GroupWise 8.0 SP2 HP1 has also just been released and CompanionLink brags about GroupWise support in a bunch of its marketing messages about Outlook/two-way sync with many different mobile platforms/handsets [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6].

“There was a campaign of FUD from Novell and Microsoft when LA first announced its intention to dump Novell in favour of Google.”GWAVA is also still around the GroupWise universe and there’s a mention of GroupWise in relation to Retain 2 from GWAVA. Yes, it’s those BlackBerry compatibility merits again. There are also issues like new vulnerabilities. For the time being, GroupWise and Microsoft may stay in LAPD (LA police), but will AttachMSFT even bother maintaining GroupWise, which competes with Microsoft and loses market share over time because it lacks features? Thoughts on the subject would be welcome.

The article says: “In the early stages of the email platform migration, nearly 2,000 city employees were using Google’s email service to test the system. However, after learning that the system may not comply with new archiving and data-leak prevention regulations, these employees will begin using the previous system – Novell’s GroupWise. Even as some employees believe GroupWise to be outdated, the solution offers greater security than Google and will improve the LAPD’s compliance capability.”

There was a campaign of FUD from Novell and Microsoft when LA first announced its intention to dump Novell in favour of Google. How will AttachMSFT behave under the same circumstances?

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  1. twitter said,

    November 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

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    If Red Hat can’t sell to these people, something is wrong with them. This is yet another opportunity Novell lost while it was chasing clouds and mono.

    I stumbled across another missed opportunity the other day, Gnome ODF support. Programs like Gnumeric don’t have good ODF support in Debian Lenny. Just think if all the effort Novell dumped into Mono had been put into ODF support for GNOME. Thanks, Miguel, for barking up the wrong tree and telling the world that OOXML was a wonderful “standard”.

    All Microsoft compatibility efforts should come to a screeching halt over Novell’s demise. It’s clear that KDE’s Windows port, Gnome’s .NET work, GUI redesign by GIMP to make the program easier to use under Windows miserable single screen GUI, and all other Microsoft chasing are a damaging waste of time. “every line of code written to our standards is a small victory” says the Microsoft Jihad training manual.

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