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IBM today announced that the new IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 collaboration software with social computing features, is now available for all Mac OS X Leopard-powered computers. In addition, IBM's free Lotus Symphony document, spreadsheet and presentation software will be available later this month for the Mac.The entire Notes/Domino 8.5 release became electronically available in English earlier today. Obviously, this multi-year effort has many facets -- a Domino server that majors in "messaging economics" for administrators, XPages and new tools to reinvigorate the Domino web application development environment, and the first Notes 8 deliverable for the Macintosh. We chose the approach of announcing Notes 8.5 and Symphony's Mac release at Macworld Expo to highlight the surge of activity around Apple in the enterprise, and why, working together with Apple, we see IBM Lotus as a key piece of the Apple+enterprise equation.
IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software, celebrating its 20th year in 2009, has grown to more than 140 million licenses sold worldwide.
"To ease the mounting pressure on businesses to constrain costs, Notes 8.5 provides 'open' social computing benefits at substantial savings to businesses because less storage space is needed," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president, messaging and collaboration, IBM.
"The blazing speed of Apple's award-winning hardware combined with Mac OS X, the world's most advanced operating system creates an ideal platform for collaboration software applications like Notes," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We're excited to see IBM's continued commitment to the Mac platform with its latest release."
Lotus Notes 8.5 affords significant storage savings over previous versions. Notes has an intelligent storage savings feature that ensures that only one copy of an attachment is kept on the mail server, resulting in an estimated 40 percent space savings.
"Notes 8.5 has allowed our Mac users to make full use of a non-Microsoft environment with all the advances of the latest Notes functionality," said Mark Calleran, Chief Information Officer, The Salvation Army, International Headquarters.
Symphony 1.2.1, which includes the first Mac OS X version of Symphony, is expected to ship before Lotusphere.
The decision to release 8.5 today and announce at Macworld Expo will attract a lot more mainstream media attention for Notes and Symphony than if we had waited for Lotusphere or quietly released in the last week of 2008. I love the surprise factor., too, though it has been admittedly different to sign up for a "no pre-announce" approach. Hopefully the hints and comments I made during December now become clear. Our engineering organization knew the importance of meeting their goal to complete this project in 2008, but for a change, we decided that the marketing opportunity was much stronger to coincide with our first ever exhibition of Notes at Macworld Expo.
At Lotusphere, we will clearly emphasize the fullness of the Notes/Domino 8.5 family, right from the opening general session. Today, we focus on the end-user -- and from what I've seen in the first two hours that the Macworld Expo has been open, we're opening quite a few eyes.
In the midst of all of this, PSC upgraded this blog server to Domino 8.5 -- and it took all of about ten minutes, no risk. Very cool!
Links to information and coverage below.
Link: Channel Announcement: Notes/Domino 8.5 >
Link: IBM Delivers New "Social" Notes and Free Symphony Software for All Macs >
Link: Notes 8.5 screen shots on Flickr >
Introducing IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5
Link: CBRonline: IBM makes notes on Mac users >
Link: Computerworld: Macworld: IBM finalizing free Symphony office suite for Macs >
Link: Mass High Tech: Lotus Notes 8.5 land on Mac OS X >
Link: Website: http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/notesanddomino
Link: Reviewer's Guide: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/documentation/d-ls-ndreviewersguide/index.html
Link: Flyer - 'What's new in IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5': ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/pm/fy/n/lof10860usen/LOF10860USEN.PDF