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This review confirms the cautious decision-making we used in determining when to go to public beta.  While many customers will wait for the official release to consider Notes 8, public beta is the unveiling -- and unlike the product itself, there's no "recall" button.  With this article, the judging has begun.

In some ways, I still wish it hadn't.  There are at least a half-dozen things in the article that make me want to say "wait, wait, we fixed that for beta 3!"  There are a few points where we get dinged for decisions that weren't final at the time of beta 2.  And with beta 3 coming imminently -- hopefully this week -- it feels like things might have gone a little better (performance, to take one example) if they had just waited a little longer.

OK, OK, it's the first hands-on review, which probably makes us a little extra sensitive. We've had feedback from many of the 18,000 customers who have downloaded beta 2 over 37,000 times, but this is the headlines.  And in the end?  I don't want to spoil it for you, but it's definitely a positive start to the public assessment.

Computerworld has also nicely provided a 16 screen "visual tour of Notes 8" to go along with the article.

Link: Computerworld: Lotus Notes gets a facelift: Version 8 beta review and visual tour >

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