Latest Version of Novell Vibe Enables Seamless Integration with Microsoft Office

Novell Vibe 3.3 gives users the power to easily manage Office documents within Vibe workspaces and access and sync files offline

12 June 2012

Novell today announced the availability of Novell Vibe 3.3, its team collaboration platform. This latest version features seamless integration with Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007, making it easier for people to get their work done with their primary work tools and share it with others in the right team context. This release also features Novell Vibe Desktop, which gives users offline access and sync capabilities to files stored in Vibe.

Mobility, social tools and the drive for better productivity are transforming the business landscape. With mobile applications for Android and iPhone, and social activity streams, Novell Vibe is right where people in the workplace need it to be with the tools they want to use to work more effectively. This latest release delivers even more powerful ways for people to work together. Through the Novell Vibe Add-in for Microsoft Office, users can open, modify and save Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly from their Vibe workspace. The Add-in also helps people work on documents together: a live comment stream aids discussion and decisions about content; each user can edit a file and be notified when another person's edits are available to preview and merge; and the group can see document history and compare versions.

"We're very happy with the flexibility and extensibility of Novell Vibe," said Jacques Sauve, President of Adaris. "The team workspaces truly meet the social and collaborative needs of our enterprise customers, as they interact with other users in real-time on various devices and platforms. The accessibility and ability to share data and customize workflows bring new levels of productivity not previously attainable. Our customers are particularly enthusiastic about Microsoft Office integration, which will further enhance document sharing."

The latest release of Novell Vibe also includes Vibe Desktop, which enables users to easily access and sync files offline. Users simply download Vibe Desktop and can then connect and sync any folders and files from their Novell Vibe system to their desktop. They can then access these files offline, with any changes automatically syncing between their desktop and Vibe once they are back online.

"We were looking for a flexible solution that would allow us to access data while on the road and enhance our internal processes - in other words to make our employees more productive. With its many functions, Novell Vibe offers us the ideal platform for all this and at the same time it was very simply implemented," says Peter Wachs, Vice Head of IT at Inform GmbH. "After an initial training our employees were immediately able to work with Vibe. The easy integration of Vibe with Novell GroupWise was essential for our decision. Our employees became swiftly accustomed with some additional folders on their familiar interface."

Novell Vibe 3.3 is independent but works with any standard email system. It includes tight integrations with Novell GroupWise 2012, giving users access and interaction across Vibe and GroupWise content from one place, bridging the gap between personal and team productivity to make people more efficient throughout their work day.

"With Novell Vibe, we're focused on making it easier for people to work together and easier for organizations to give their employees what they need to do so. This new version of Vibe is all about making a seamless flow from creating to sharing and managing content so teams can reach their business objectives faster," said Eric Varness, vice president of product management and marketing, Novell. "With the new integration with Microsoft Office and the addition of our offline Vibe Desktop, Novell has taken another great stride toward giving people a social team collaboration solution that matches the way they intuitively want to work."


Novell Vibe 3.3 is available for $81 per user license. For more information about Novell Vibe, visit


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