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GroupWise is a messaging and collaborative software platform from Novell that supports email, calendaring, personal information management, instant messaging, and document management. The platform consists of the client software, which is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and the server software, which is supported on Windows Server, NetWare, and Linux. The latest generation of the platform is GroupWise 2012 which only supports Windows and Linux servers.
GroupWise can operate on a number of server and workstation platforms. Possible examples include NetWare, Linux, and Windows. One client runs on Windows platforms, and a Java client operates on Linux and on Mac OS X. Novell has delivered closer client-feature parity in GroupWise 8. GroupWise connectors also exists for Microsoft Outlook (no longer supported) and for Novell Evolution.
GroupWise WebAccess provides users with most of the functionality of the desktop clients from a web browser. It also supports handheld/PDA access via the Web. Revision 8.0 of GroupWise includes a license to GroupWise Mobile Server by Nokia, which enables wireless mail support for almost any mobile device. A new mobile gateway was released with ActiveSync support in late 2010 to support iPhone and Android.
The GroupWise Post Office Agent (POA) supports IMAP and SOAP access to user mailboxes, in addition to the native client. The GroupWise Internet Agent (GWIA) provides SMTP communication to other email systems, and also supports IMAP, POP3, SOAP, and iCalendar access to user mailboxes. Additionally, special modules called gateways support direct connectivity to other groupware systems such as Microsoft Exchange Server and IBM Lotus Domino.
GroupWise has included instant messaging since version 6.5. This solution specifically targets the corporate market with features such as directory-service integration and SSL encryption. In addition to the Windows and Linux clients provided by Novell, the protocol is supported by Gossip, iChat, and multiprotocol IM applications such as Kopete, Pidgin (previously known as GAIM) and Adium. There is also a client available for Blackberry. Non-native clients will only work when SSL communication is enabled on the server.
GroupWise can export Novell Address Book (NAB) data.
The Novell Open Workgroup Suite and its precursors, the Novell Small Business Suite and the Novell Linux Small Business Suite, all include GroupWise.
The product was developed by WordPerfect Corporation in conjunction with some of its largest customers, including the US Department of Justice, as well as with the programming input of some individual system admins of smaller government agencies, like Eliot Lanes. WordPerfect Library did not include email or calendaring: it consisted of Personal Calendar, Editor, Notebook, Calculator, File Manager and Shell. In 1987, WordPerfect Library was extended to the PC platform in a DOS version.
In 1988, email and calendaring/scheduling debuted in the product, which was also rebranded "WordPerfect Office 2.0".
1990 brought the release of WordPerfect Office 3.0, adding Macintosh and UNIX to the client mix and supporting multiple servers with cross-server email, calendaring and scheduling.
WordPerfect Office 3.1 was released in 1992, adding a Windows client and boasting the ability to work cross-platform on DOS, Windows, Macintosh, UNIX and VAX/VMS. Version 3.1 also added a remote capability for async or wireless connections.
Version 4.0 was released in 1993 with an entirely new interface and transitioning to a database technology for the message store. Other major features included task management, server-based rules, remote replication/synchronization, centralized administration of multiple servers, 32-bit server capability, simultaneous release on all platforms, and many other innovative additions that were firsts in the market. Gateways included SMTP, X.400, fax, pager, and PROFS.
WordPerfect was acquired by Novell in 1994, and the server components were ported to the NetWare network operating system. At the same time, WordPerfect Office was renamed GroupWise and integrated with Novell Directory Services (now known as Novell eDirectory). In 1996, Novell sold most of the WordPerfect applications to Corel Corporation, but decided to keep GroupWise.
GroupWise 4.1, the first Novell release, debuted in 1994, adding NLMs (Netware Loadable Modules) and gateways to offer extensive back-end capabilities. Other new features included World Wide Web links in objects, the ability for third-party developers to create and maintain items, tighter Netware integration and management, SNMP capabilities, live maintenance without the need to shut down the server, an integrated listserver, and the ability to access the system remotely via touch-tone telephone.
In 1996, GroupWise WebAccess was released as an add-on, providing Internet-based access to GroupWise from a web browser.
GroupWise 5 in 1996 brought universal management of all types of messages and objects and full collaborative document management. GroupWise Imaging made scanned documents available as well. Integration with Novell Directory Services was also offered. Other notable features included conferencing, a Universal Mailbox, client/server functionality, and shared folders. Some native client platforms were dropped at the time, notably the Macintosh client, preferring instead to offer support via the web-based client.
Version 5.2 added extensive Internet functionality in 1997, including IMAP4, LDAP, POP3, embedded URLs and native TCP/IP. GroupWise Workflow was also added to the product.
GroupWise 5.5 in 1998 enhanced all the basic groupware functions, added full-text indexing and enhanced support for Internet standards and security.
With the release of GroupWise 6.5 SP1 in 2004, Linux was added to the list of platforms supported by the server components.
In 2006 GroupWise Mobile Server (based on the Nokia Intellisync software) was released allowing handheld devices running multiple platforms to synchronize email, contacts, calendar, and notes with GroupWise.
GroupWise 7 was launched in 2005, providing a totally new Windows client and WebAccess.
GroupWise 8, codenamed Bonsai, was released on November 17, 2008. It added many new features like Calendar Publishing.
Groupwise 8 SP1 was released in August 2009. Groupwise 8 SP2 was released in July 2010.
In September of 2010, Novell released the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack, offering bi-directional data sync between GroupWise and ActiveSync-enabled mobile devices. This product replaced GroupWise Mobile Server and is offered as a free entitlement to GroupWise, Novell Vibe and Novell Open Workgroup Suite customers. Novell Data Synchronizer also syncs data between GroupWise and third-party business applications like Vibe, SharePoint, Salesforce.com, SugarCRM and more.
In August 2011, Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack 1.2 released, offering HTML support for Apple devices and increased scalability. Updates to this version of the product between late 2011 and mid-2012 have offered additional performance and quality enhancements and new capabilities such as administrator-controlled device limits.
In January 2012, GroupWise 2012 was released. It offers enhanced mobile support through new Web-based iPad templates and a wholly revamped WebAccess interface, social collaboration capabilities via integrations with Novell Vibe and Skype.
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See also 
- "Cool Blog: GroupWise Linux Client Sneak Preview". Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "GroupWise 7: Feature Comparison". Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "Instant Messaging with Novell GroupWise". Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- Zanré, Danita; Beels, Richard; Kunau, Scott (1999). GroupWise 5.5: administrator's guide. Network Press. p. 328. ISBN 9780782124446. Retrieved 2013-04-04. "When an address book is exported, the information is written to a user-specified file with the .NAB file extension (NAB stands for Novell Address Book, and .NAB files are simple, comma-delimited text files)."
- "Computhink Works with Novell To Provide an Extensive Suite of Integrated Imaging and Document Management Facilities for GroupWise". Novell. March 20, 2003.
Further reading 
- Kratzer, Tay; Erno de Korte (2006). Novell GroupWise 7 Administrator Solutions Guide. Novell Press. ISBN 978-0-672-32788-9.
- Kratzer, Tay (2006). Success With GroupWise 7 for Linux. TayKratzer.com.
- Hinchman, Gregg A. (2006). Success With Clustering GroupWise 7. TayKratzer.com.
- Raff, Eric (2006). Novell GroupWise 7 User's Handbook. Novell Press. ISBN 978-0-672-32789-6.
- de Korte, Erno (2006). The GroupWise Powerguide. Books4Brains. ISBN 978-90-808934-5-0.
- Kratzer, Tay (2004). Novell GroupWise 6.5 Administrator's Guide. Novell Press. ISBN 978-0-7897-2982-8.
- Novell GroupWise product page
- Novell GroupWise to MS Exchange Server Migration Tool: A quick migration utility to move mailboxes from Novell GroupWise to MS Exchange Server/MS Outlook.