August 24 2010
As announced on August 10, the new Notes and Domino 8.5.2 release arrived earlier today, along with service availability of LotusLive Notes. Notes/Domino 8.5.2 is a release primarily about reliability -- lots of fixes -- but with incremental improvements in the Notes client and significant forward progress for developers in Domino Designer.
The blogs are buzzing about the release, and some of the Design Partners and beta participants have blogged over the last few months about key new features. I'm sure there will be a lot more now that the release is available and being deployed.
On the Notes client side, 8.5.2 adds some incremental improvements such as multithreaded replication, the ability to save individual emails to files, sharing of personal groups, and a preload module to improve startup time. DWA/iNotes has several improvements such as iPhone 4 and Android support in ultra-light mode, iPad support, etc. And Designer has a multitude of great new improvements for developers, including a new editor for XPages.
The downloads are still being staged -- seem to be working fine in PartnerWorld, not yet for all customers on Passport Advantage -- but should be shortly. Stuart McIntyre has kindly listed out all the part numbers here.
Congratulations to the team on this important release. It is no coincidence that today is also the day of service availability for LotusLive Notes, which I discussed extensively back on August 10. Notes 8.5.2 contains important optimizations for LotusLive Notes users, and is the version that is included in a new LotusLive Notes agreement. We're the only vendor providing a rich client as part of our SaaS/cloud messaging pricing, and it happens to be a great release of that client.
I would also like to clarify something I said at the IamLUG in St. Louis earlier this month, which seems to have since taken on a life of its own. I said that 8.5.2 would be the last feature release of 8.5.x; some have mistakenly interpreted that to mean it would be the last maintenance release of 8.5.x. We are working on an 8.5.3 release with a target of early 2011, and yes, there will be a few incremental improvements -- but mainly for developers in Designer/XPages. For now, we are shifting future feature focus to the next major release of Notes/Domino, which is using IBM Project Vulcan as a blueprint. Tons of activity going on in that space right now, and we'll start talking about what that release looks like with key audiences in Q4 and headed towards Lotusphere 2011. We're also working on service updates for LotusLive Notes over the next few months in parallel; things will be busy from now to Lotusphere and beyond....