Today (minus twenty years) WordPerfect Office 2.0 for DOS LANs shipped. WordPerfect Office got renamed to GroupWise in 1994; here we are today.
Although we got chided a little bit by some Novell staffers. Today marks the 20 year birthday of the GroupWise that runs on DOS - but the original product was released for the Data General mini in 1986. And it ran on a VAX/VMS before it did DOS. Isn't celebrating the DOS version is a rather Microsoft-ish thing to do? <hangs head>
Anyway, back in 1998, someone wrote A History of GroupWise. It's terribly sales-pitchy, but might be a fun read. Did you know that GroupWise was used as the messaging system at the 1994 NetWorld+Interop show in Las Vegas, Nev., where approximately 88,000 users sent/received 2.2 million messages? Or that WordPerfect Office 3.0 was the first LAN-based, multi-server product to offer E-mail, calendaring and scheduling across multiple platforms?
The product manager for GroupWise, Dean Lythgoe, posts in his blog that he still has three people on staff from back in those days.
Anyway, I really like GroupWise. I thought it was so cool, back in 1996, when GroupWise would send a message to my text pager fifteen minutes before every meeting (I had set up the GroupWise Pager gateway that used a modem to dial AT&T). Once or twice, I'd been sent out in the field, and this feature saved my butt as I high-tailed it back to the office, just in time!
Anyway, Happy Birthday (to the DOS version) of GroupWise.