By Michael Caton  |  Posted 2005-11-21 Print this article Print

Productivity enhancements

GroupWIse includes some solid productivity features, such as automatically caching local copies of documents so users can work on the documents even if they did not synchronize before disconnecting. It also integrates with Microsoft Office applications to simplify sending documents to the GroupWise document repository.

In GroupWise 7.0, the Windows-based client includes several enhancements that make it easier for users to view and manage information. For example, we liked the new navigation bar, which provides a customizable tabbed interface for quickly accessing data such as documents or calendars. We also appreciated the improvements to the calendar that allowed us to manage multiple calendars and see them in a consolidated view.

For companies that want an integrated IM solution, GroupWise Messenger is a good option. Messenger is most comparable to XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol)-based IM servers, such as Jabber Inc.s Jabber XCP and Antepo Inc.s OPN System, in that it supports persistent messaging rooms and has integrated conversation archiving. (Messenger isnt part of the core GroupWise server, so we needed to install it separately.)

ConsoleOne, which installs as part of Novells e-Directory, manages the GroupWise Messenger features through extensions to the e-Directory schema. These extensions allowed us to control features such as a users ability to create persistent chat rooms.

The GroupWise Messenger client has a simple and intuitive user interface. Novell provides GroupWise Messenger clients for Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems. Other client options include the open-source GAIM client and Cerulean Studios Trillian Pro client, both of which make it easy to manage contacts on public IM networks in the same interface.

On the server side, GroupWise supports NetWare; Windows; and Linux, including the SUSE and Red Hat Inc. distributions.

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