Lufthansa AG will make Connexion by Boeing in-flight broadband Internet access service available to its passengers, the airline has announced.

Lufthansa is the fourth airline to say it will offer the planned Connexion by Boeing service, and the first airline outside the U.S. It joins United Airlines Inc., American Airlines Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., which recently announced plans to make the service available to their passengers from mid-2002. In addition to offering the service to their passengers, United, American and Delta are also joint-venture partners with The Boeing Co. in the Connexion by Boeing service. Billed as a “flying office,” Connexion by Boeing will offer airline passengers access to two-way broadband e-mail, the Internet, corporate intranets, live television and other entertainment services via satellites.

Attendees applaud their Palms

Mobility was a theme of SAP’s marketing message at this year’s Sapphire conference: several keynotes and demos highlighted the wireless abilities of SAP’s software, and all attendees received a Palm VIIx handheld loaded with the conference schedule, several SAP demos, and wireless Internet access.

Palm Inc. Global Alliances Manager Barbara Smith said Palm executives have been trying for years to work out a deal with SAP to distribute Palms at Sapphire. “This year, the stars aligned,” she said.

Novell prods users to make NetWare 5.1 upgrade

Novell Inc. has announced its latest plan to woo its customers with older software to adopt the most current edition of NetWare.

The company is offering a 20 per cent discount on an upgrade protection package, which includes NetWare 5.1, plus patches and service packs as they are released. NetWare 5.1 is optimized to work as an application or Web server. The next major edition of NetWare, Version 6.0, is scheduled to ship this fall and is designed to run on multiprocessor machines, incorporates clustering and includes Novell’s on-line file-sharing iFolder technology. Novell thinks Version 6.0 won’t be for everyone – the company estimates up to 70 per cent of its customers are still using NetWare 3.x or 4.x. But the company would like to encourage more of its installed base to move to Version 5.1. The company could use the revenue boost, and it would make it easier for Novell to support customers.