Novell and RIM to Accelerate Business Communications


  • GroupWise Messenger for BlackBerry provides new communication tool for business users

19 April 2005

Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM: TSX: RIM) are working together to further enhance communications for mobile corporate users by bringing Novell® GroupWise® Messenger to BlackBerry®. Together, GroupWise Messenger instant messaging (IM) and BlackBerry will give mobile users increased productivity while providing IT departments with a secure and manageable IM solution. As a result, GroupWise and BlackBerry users gain a new tool for rapid, secure communications.

“Organizations around the world use BlackBerry to remain securely connected to the communication and information that drives their day,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO, Research In Motion. “RIM is pleased to work with Novell to extend communications options for mobile GroupWise users.”

Novell GroupWise Messenger, available as part of the Novell GroupWise 6.5 collaboration suite, is an enterprise-strength, cross-platform instant messaging solution. By giving GroupWise Messenger users the ability to receive and send messages via BlackBerry, Novell and RIM will extend the reach of GroupWise. The collaborative solution will run on Linux*, Windows* or Novell NetWare®.

“BlackBerry has become a vital productivity solution for many GroupWise users,” said Ed Anderson, vice president of product marketing for Novell's platforms group. “Now with GroupWise Messenger for BlackBerry, staying securely connected will mean even greater freedom of mobility and will prove a valuable asset to users and organizations.”

Additional information will be provided at a later date.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit or

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at

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