September 28 2012
About once a day right now, I am getting questions about the longetivity of the current release of Notes/Domino. It turned out our support page was caught between two policies; an old one that said that we supported a release for a minimum of five years and then had extended support for an additional three years, and a new one being phased in that says that a product will be supported for its current and the previous two feature releases. The old policy could have concluded Notes/Domino 8.5 support fairly soon, but as we continue to update this codestream, there has been no discussion of an end of support date. As such, I asked that we publish a technote projecting as far in the future as we could get away with:
The EOS date for these products has not been planned. Based on IBM's commitment outlined at the IBM Software Support Lifecyle Policy, 8.5.x versions of Notes, Domino, LEI, and related products will not reach EOS before September 2016. Any official EOS date for 8.5.x will be announced a minimum of 12 months prior to an EOS date. Going forward we intend to provide support for the current version and two previous versions.Hopefully that clears things up. In the coming weeks we will announce further details around the lifecycle for the forthcoming planned Notes/Domino Social Edition.
Link: ibm.com: When will 8.5.x versions of Notes, Domino, LEI & related products reach End of Service/Support? >