A Lotus spokesperson maintained that the decision to halt NetWare development was made jointly by the companies. Novell and Lotus will continue to collaborate on other projects, according to Lotus.
Lotus decided to phase out products for Novell's OS because not enough customers were using it as the basis for Notes/Domino installations.
The company said it made mention of the decision at Lotusphere, Lotus's user meeting in January and again at a strategy briefing last month. But no formal announcement of the decision has been made.
Lotus will continue to support Windows NT, the most popular operating system for hosting Notes/Domino, as well as Unix, OS/400, and OS/2.
Lotus will continue to offer customer support for the Notes/Domino on NetWare at least four to five years, while the current version is still in the market, according to the company.
Novell is locked in a tooth-and-nail battle with Microsoft's Windows NT operating system for control of corporate servers.
According to International Data Corporation, total revenue from sales of server operating system software in 1997 was $5.6 billion. Various Unix lines grabbed the largest chunk of the pie, representing 45.8 percent of total revenue. Microsoft's NT represented 34.2 percent of the total market while Novell's NetWare sales came in at 19 percent of the market.