Part of an ongoing series about GroupWise 2012.
We've had a bunch of blog posts now regarding how the GroupWise 2012 Windows Client is improved over previous versions. But let's digress for a moment to summarize 5 client access options.
- Windows Client. As stated, we've blogged about that a bunch in our series about GroupWise 2012. This is by far the most common way to access GroupWise.
- WebAccess. Novell continues to enhance WebAccess and GroupWise 2012 is no exception. We'll go into more details about this in future posts. Novell has been saying they want to put more functionality into WebAccess. Their theory is that if WebAccess becomes a more full-featured client, the need for a Mac and Linux Client disappears. This would allow Novell to focus more resources on a clients with more mass appeal. And furthermore, that puts a feature-rich client as a web-interface which is easy to update and is very "cloudy".
- WebAccess iPad templates. This is served up using the WebAccess application, but does uses its own templates. The interface is really completely separate from the traditional WebAccess. I'm told Novell is also working on templates for Android for a future release.
- Mac and Linux Clients. For GroupWise 2012, Novell has put no new features in the GroupWise 8 Mac and Linux Clients, but they continue to ship and be supported with GroupWise 2012. As you can see, they are still calling them the GroupWise 8 Mac Client and GroupWise 8 Linux Client.
There are some folks out there who are putting some energy into trying to convince Novell not to kill off the Mac and Linux clients. And this may pay off. I heard Dean say on a call a few weeks ago that Novell is open to feedback from customers on this issue. It does seem odd that while Novell seems to be abandoning the GroupWise Mac client, they continue to be putting more energy into Mac features on the OES side of the house. This dichotomy is not unseen by Novell, so we'll have to see how it works out in the end. If you'd like more information about how to influence this, let us know and we can point you in the right direction.
- Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack uses ActiveSync to sync your GroupWise messages, contacts, and calendar in the native mobile OS interface of your mobile device. The following device types are supported: Android, iOS, PalmOS, Symbian, WebOS, and Windows Mobile.
Hopefully this gives you a little snapshot of the various ways you can access your GroupWise data with GroupWise 2012. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to give us a call and we can discuss with you further.