In an effort to help organizations realize the benefits of e-business and simplify business processes, Novell Inc. has announced the availability of Novell Portal Services 1.5, Internet services and software that the company says brings together information and tools that are personalized for each user. Novell Portal Services 1.5 allows users to create online community Web sites without requiring IT intervention, provides AltaVista Search, integrates with other portal solutions and allows for easy distribution and securing of portal administration responsibilities. Novell Portal Services 1.5 is available now and is priced at approximately $93.00 per user. A free evaluation copy is available at More information can be found at

Last month, Internet solutions provider Pathway Communications announced Webdesk, its latest suite of intranet and collaboration tools, which the company says can be accessed anywhere through a standard browser like Explorer or Netscape. According to the Toronto-based company, Webdesk offers users secure access to applications such as e-mail, file storage and sharing, contact management, calendars, polls and internal newsgroups in and outside the office. Designed for small and mid-sized firms, Webdesk is priced at $14.99 per month per five-user license. For more information, visit the company on the Web at

Central Command in Medina, Ohio recently launched its newest antivirus application, which the company says has the unique ability to scan for viruses while files are being written or read. Vexira Antivirus for Windows offers protection for over 60,000 viruses and malicious applications including the infamous Nimda and Goner viruses, according to the company. Vexira Antivirus for Windows also includes the Vexira Guard, a module that acts as a real-time virus scanner, which runs silently in the background until viruses are detected. Vexira Antivirus is available now and pricing starts at US$49.95. More details can be found at