The official release date is a couple of weeks away, but starting today, you can download Notes 7.0.2 for Macintosh.  Background and details in this interview with Mike Mottola and Jason Dumont:

Mottola reports that Mac customers in the Lotus Notes 7.0.2 Beta program have provided tremendous feedback and are very excited about the product. Many of the same customers are just as excited about Lotus Domino Web Access - because the two are often used together.

"Many of our customers deploy the Lotus Notes client to users' desktops and the lighter-weight Lotus Domino Web Access on users' home computers," says Mottola. "Now organizations can do the same for their Mac users."

Dumont agrees that these are heady days for Lotus Notes customers who love the Mac. "These customers are extremely loyal to the Mac and extremely loyal to Lotus Notes," he says. "They've been asking us for Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino solutions on the Mac for some time, and for us to deliver both Lotus Domino Web Access and the Lotus Notes client on the Mac in the same year is very significant and exciting for them."
Hundreds of customers and partners participated in the beta testing of Notes 7.0.2 for Macintosh, many as a result of reading about it on  As such, I have a quid pro quo request -- if you were in the beta and happy with Notes 7.0.2, I hope you'll consider being a public reference about it for IBM.  Please contact me @ work if you are interested.

A trial version of the released Notes 7.0.2 for Mac will be posted to the developerWorks downloads in about a month.  In the meantime, Passport Advantage and Business Partners should find it on the downloads site sometime today.

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