Notes & Domino 8.5 Announcement

The files have been available since this morning, but here are the formal details:

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 extends rich application development capabilities, scalability, and flexibility while reducing the cost of ownership

At a glance

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 provides greater scalability and functionality, ease of administration, and additional application capabilities.

Some of the key features and improvements of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 include:

 * Identity management features such as Shared Logon and ID Vault
 * Storage reduction that is required for file attachments through Domino Attachment and Object Service (DAOS)

 * XPages and Eclipse-based Domino Designer features

 * Calendar federation and flexibility

 * Nokia S60 device platform support for IBM Lotus Notes Traveler

Overview

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 provides greater messaging and application scalability and functionality coupled with ease of administration. The new features in IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 further reduce the total cost of ownership by leveraging existing investments in Notes and Domino and its applications.

New features

Simplified identity management through Shared Logon and ID Vault. Shared Logon provides a secure way of accessing Notes and Domino applications while maintaining only a single password. The new ID Vault feature allows administrators to securely automate tasks such as recovering lost IDs and password resets, allowing administrators to focus on other important tasks.

Reduce storage costs using the new Domino Attachment and Object Service (DAOS). DAOS reduces redundant storage of attachments and I/O use, resulting in significantly reduced storage costs, backup efforts, and optimized workflow operations.

Improved quality of service features, such as Domino Configuration Tuner and dynamic group, policies provide administrators the ability to detect misconfigurations before problems arise and maintain consistent policies as members of organizations change.

Create better looking Web 2.0 applications. The Eclipse based Domino Designer provides a flexible and integrated framework for application development. The new XPages design element feature provides application developers an efficient way to easily update information across multiple applications, saving time and money.

Calendar federation and flexibility allows end users the ability to incorporate public calendars (such as Google calendars) and view their complete schedule.

Expanded platform support provides additional options for users who want the flexibility to choose the operating system and hardware that fits their needs in terms of factors such as cost, organizational expertise, physical size, scalability, and energy consumption.

Lotus Enterprise Integrator adds support for MySQL database, enhanced control for replication activities, and 64-bit editions for AIX which improves the efficiency of data transfer between systems.

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 provides administrators, designers, and end users with the secure framework and infrastructure they’ve come to depend on while reducing the cost of ownership and increasing the tools and flexibility available to them. Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 continues to offer integrated features such as Lotus Sametime instant messaging and office productivity tools via Lotus Symphony, providing a complete set of readily available solutions for businesses.

New in IBM Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5 are security-rich features such as encrypted mail support, and remote security management (including multi-level wipe, local device lock, and policy compliance monitoring). This release also includes improved text formatting support with the ability to view rich text e-mail on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 devices.

IBM Lotus Notes Traveler adds client support for the Nokia S60 platform (third edition, or later) that builds on the existing Microsoft Windows Mobile support.

Lotus Notes Traveler continues to provide real-time wireless delivery of the following Lotus Domino data with no additional server or third-party solution required:

 * E-mail (including attachments and folder support)
 * Calendar

 * Address book

 * Journal

 * To do lists

 * Folder support

 * Lotus Notes-style addressing

Electronic software delivery:

 * January 6, 2009 : English
 * January 15, 2009: Catalan, Chinese-Traditional and Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese-Brazilian, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish

 * January 15, 2009: Macintosh for French, German, and Japanese

 * February 11, 2009: Macintosh for Catalan, Chinese-Traditional and Simplified, Korean, Italian, Portuguese-Brazilian, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish

 * March 10, 2009: Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Slovakian,Turkish, Thai

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!