Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5.1 announced

Right on schedule, this morning we have the formal announcement letter for Lotus Notes & Domino 8.5.1:

IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino 8.5.1 include many features and enhancements that improve usability for both the end user and developers

IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino 8.5.1 includes many features and enhancements that improve the usability of the solutions for both the end user (Lotus Notes, Lotus iNotes, and Lotus Notes Traveler) and developers (Domino Designer).


   * Lowers the barrier to collaborative business applications

   * Build once for universal client access to collaborative applications

   * Makes Notes your productivity dashboard using out-of-the-box integration of your existing IBM Lotus (Sametime, Quickr, Protector), third-party and partner assets

   * Increased turn-key solutions and developer resources to help maximize your return on investment

I won’t go into the specifics of the announcement as I’m sure Ed and others will cover it in far great detail than I can, but suffice to say that after 6 months or so of using the Design Partner beta builds of 8.5.1 I am very very impressed with what has been achieved for developers, administrators and end users.  Amongst the hundreds of new features and improvements, my standout favourite is the iPhone push mail and synchronisation via Lotus Traveler – it rocks!

When will 8.5.1 be available for download?

Planned availability date

October 12, 2009: Electronic software delivery (in English)


For additional information, refer to


   http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=475&uid=swg21388762

Lotus Knows that 8.5.1 is a massive release…  Can’t wait!

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!