Thank you for your enquiry.
We are certainly continuing support and develop Formativ. In fact, behind the scenes, we working continuously with the GroupWise engineering team directly to ensure compatibility with interim releases of 7.0.x and the next version of GroupWise, Bonsai.
The main challenge we face is that Formativ is a highly integrated framework which knits tightly with the GroupWise APIs. This means there is significant work in testing and evaluation of GroupWise API or client changes, either included through our request or otherwise, even when it relates to an interim client release (not just a major release). We are also working in some other areas to extend the Formativ Framework for .NET, which will expose the GroupWise server SOAP API, a key focus for Novell, to the Formativ Language (i.e. you will be able to make SOAP calls from Formativ applets). Even if you use Formativ for off-the-shelf solutions, these pending changes will enable an even wider range of solutions development.
This level of integrated third party framework development needs to be coordinated with Novell’s technology roadmap. While we may release an interim version of Formativ prior to the Bonsai release, any major developments must be tied to what is released in Bonsai. This of course can change right up to or even just after, the Bonsai release date.
I hope this helps explain some of the reasons behind our modus operandi. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.