There have been many questions since the release of Notes 8.5.1 about plans to support Notes on Apple's Snow Leopard operating system as well as Windows 7.  We've had a technote published on the topic but it was non-specific until yesterday.  Technote 1385293 now says:

Windows 7, Snow Leopard (on Mac OS X 10.6.2), and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Desktop certification testing is currently underway targeting support for Notes 8.5.1 Fix Pack 1 in January 2010. As part of this release, Notes 32-bit will be supported on Windows 7 64-bit.
The reality is that, from reports from our public forums, design partners, and beta testers, all of these OSs seem to work just fine with Notes 8.5.1 now.  There was an issue with Snow Leopard and some graphical rendering, but Apple fixed those issues in the 10.6.2 update that appeared earlier this week.  Now all appears to be running along well.

The technote refers to official testing and thus, support of these operating systems.  That full-pass testing cycle is underway now.  Honestly, we don't know at this point whether the fixpack will be needed for support for these operating systems, but we want to set expectations this way in case one is in fact needed.  

I have also been asked a few times whether earlier releases of Notes will be supported on these new operating systems, especially Windows 7.  It has been our very-long-standing policy to support new operating systems with the latest versions of the Notes client.  Thus, no plans to go back and support Notes 7 on Windows 7 or Notes 8.0.x on Windows 7 (remember that 8.5.1 is the next maintenance release for both 8.0.2 and 8.5 customers, so it makes sense that 8.5.1 would be the supported version).

One cool bonus is that we are testing Notes 8.5.1 on the 64-bit version of Windows 7 -- marking the first time we will support a 64-bit version of Windows.  The Notes client itself is still 32-bit, but runs on the 64-bit or 32-bit versions of the OS.

I don't have a dog in this hunt, but it seems apropos to include the latest ad for the Mac as a conclusion on this post...this one is really fun...


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