Novell has released its cross-environment NetMail 3.1 messaging software, positioning it as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange.
The software, previously known as Novell Internet Messaging System (Nims), is among the first to offer email, calendaring and collaborative scheduling across the web.
But while Nims has shown itself capable of scaling to many thousands of users over a variety of operating environments, NetMail 3.1 is the first version to support Windows 2000.
Dave Stephenson, vice president and general manager of Novell's messaging and business solutions group, said: "With support for Windows, NetMail 3.1 provides an easy, low-cost alternative to customers unhappy with the complexity of Exchange.
"Novell's ability to tie together existing networks and technology into [ebusiness solution] one Net brings tremendous value and customer return on investment."
NetMail now runs on most leading server operating environments including Sun Solaris, Linux and its own NetWare, as well as Windows 2000.
It lets users synchronise email, calendar and address book data on PDAs running PalmOS or PocketPC, with RIM Blackberry and Symbian support in the pipeline.
Enterprises tend to support a mix of operating environments and software products, so NetMail also offers tight integration with all three leading groupware products, Exchange, Lotus Notes and Novell GroupWise.
But the all-Novell GroupWise-NetMail combination will be the cheapest option.
Introduced at this week's Novell Brainshare 2002 Conference in Barcelona, NetMail is a further component in Novell's one Net strategy for seamless operation across the world's networks.
Also promised in the near future is migration of its one Net services to provide full web services interoperability, including a Java 2 Enterprise Edition web services development capability.
NetMail 3.1 will be sold through Novell authorised resellers and software providers. Suggested pricing will be around $15 per user. It is due to begin shipping on 28 June.
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