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Novell beats Microsoft to shelves with new OS

Hoping to capitalize on the delayed release of Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system, Novell ships a new version of its NetWare software.

Hoping to capitalize on the delayed release of Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system, Novell has shipped a new version of its NetWare software.

As previously reported, the upgrade includes versions of IBM's WebSphere application server 3.0, a five-user version of Oracle's 8i database, NetWare's Enterprise Web server based on server technology from Netscape Communications, and support for the HyperText Transfer Protocol, among other features.

Novell Directory Services, or NDS, is also included in version 8.0 along with a browser-based administrative utility called the NetWare Management Portal.

Pricing for a single NetWare 5.1 server with a five-user license starts at $1,345.

In the operating system market, Novell competes with Microsoft, which has slated its long-delayed Windows 2000 operating system, a major overhaul of the company's current Windows NT 4.0 software, for release next month.