Notes / Domino 8.5.1Despite it’s small number increment, IBM Lotus Notes / Domino 8.5.1 is really a very significant release – not just because of the many new capabilities and improvements, but because it’s the version that many organisations have been waiting for to deploy. It’s nine months on from 8.5 and that extra time in development does show in an extremely positive way. I haven’t upgraded my Linux client yet, but the Windows and Mac versions provide a far better user experience.

Many other blogs and news sources are covering this today, so I’ll be brief. As you’d expect you can get more detailed coverage at edbrill.com and if you’re feeling really brave you can wade through the full announcement letter. For those of you with less time to spare, here’s an overview…

  • Oodles of new features in the Lotus Notes client
  • Lotus Traveler now supports the Apple iPhone
  • Many improvements to Domino Designer, including new LotusScript and Java editors
  • Significant improvements to the process of building composite applications
  • Simplification of the licensing model, down to two Client Access Licenses (Messaging and Enterprise)
  • Domino Designer is now a FREE DOWNLOAD
  • Some bandwidth-reducing improvements to DAOS

Notes / Domino 8.5.1 is scheduled to be available for electronic general availability on Monday 12th October 2009. My general advice to anyone is ‘upgrade’.