GroupWise WebAccess Helper App for iPhone

Our buddy Daniel Shelley (formerly of Novell, Inc.) has a new iPhone app on the App Store!  If you use GroupWise WebAccess, this is a nice little app to configure your mailbox, get a pleasant new icon, and if you are using a self-signed, unrecognized SSL certificate, it even bypasses the nagging question about whether you wish to continue. You can also optionally saving your user name and password. This app has been tested with GroupWise 7 and GroupWise 8.

If you are using GroupWise 7, you should check the option in the settings about forcing mobile view – otherwise you have to scroll down and check that you want to use simple templates when you login. Of course, GroupWise 7 WebAccess isn’t as well optimized itself for the iPhone as GroupWise 8 is. The icons in GroupWise 7 are very small, and with or without this app you usually have to resize things once you login to get a better view of the main WebAccess Page. Daniel is working on ways to make the GroupWise 7 experience a bit better through his app as well!

Daniel says he’ll be watching for blog comments and checking the sales to see if there is an interest and market for more GroupWise related iPhone software.

This app is priced at a modest $0.99 US, and benefits a very nice former Novell employee – so go to the  APP STORE AND BUY IT!! 🙂icon

(Oh, the app is called “GW Web” if that app store link above doesn’t work.)

Happy GroupWising,



GroupWise WebAccess Helper App for iPhone — 12 Comments

  1. Im sorry but for .99 cents (even at .99cents) i dont believe this app is worth it. I can make a link on my home screen for free. The only advantage is for the option to just save your password? Why not make it a free application untill its better developed.

  2. I saw this post and was very anxious to look into it, I’ve been after a better way of accessing WebAccess from my iPhone since I bought it. Apologies to the developer(s) but this is a joke. Simply nothing exciting about it, almost featureless.
    I really would of recommended not mentioning this on the web, as it must be an embarrassment. Yes, tell your colleagues, but don’t put this out to the world on emails and websites, and PLEASE don’t tell me to pay for it, even at such a low price. Very disappointed!!!

  3. I have to say, I’m really quite surprised at the negative comments! I honestly find the “SSL Check Skip” function of this app to be worth the $0.99 alone. But then again you have to have a self-signed or somehow otherwise problematic SSL Certificate to see the benefit of that I guess. I DO have many small customers though who do have self-signed certs, and for whom I think an app such as this would have great benefit. I guess to each his own on this one!

  4. Wow guys. That is a lot of negativity.

    For a whole $.99 you get convenience.
    – You get to skip the SSL cert popup
    – It fills in your password for you. You do have a complex and difficult to guess password that is therefore hard to type on the iPhone, right?
    – An icon that doesn’t suck (the bookmarking feature creates a poor one).

    What else did you expect for a dollar? What else do you want for a dollar? Really, I want to know. Convenience is worth a dollar to me.

    Or are you just being negative because what you really want is a $9.99 app that does everything? Because from where I sit, if you aren’t willing to pay a dollar for a small, convenience app, you will not pay more for a better app – which means the better app will never get created.

  5. Most Mac users will want something for their iPhone that will magically turn Groupwise mail (which historically has been alien to most people) into GMail or similar slick app. Hopefully GW8 + ActiveSync support or Wave will remove the need to have a kludgy bridge between proprietary GW and open/extensible clients.

  6. Very dispointed in this app. My iphone already saves my password. Paid for somthing that could be done for free.

    Question: If your using acess manager will this app even work?

  7. Just a thought here… If you are using self-signed certs, wouldn’t it be more cost effective to register a simple trusted RapidSSL ( cert (or equivalent) instead of charging 99 cents to your users? That should take care of a third of the conveniencies this app offers without taking into account that the other non-iPhone WebAccess users would benefit also.

    As I said, just a thought…

    – Eric

  8. …or if the Groupwise team would just write a mobile version of WebAccess that wasn’t so damn primitive (unlikely), we wouldn’t need an app. GMail’s mobile version of its webmail is quite well done and supports most functions (at least the iPhone optimization is spot-on).

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