On a divisional call this morning, Lotus GM Mike Rhodin indicated that he will announce the final ship date for Lotus Notes and Domino 8 next week at the Lotus Day events in Japan.  Yes, it will be in August...

Oops, left out this thought from the original posting.  During the call, Rhodin specifically called out the performance boost that we've seen since beta 3 went public.  I'm running a near-final build now and am totally impressed at how responsive the client is.  In some ways, we did ourselves a disservice with the first public beta still being a debug build, but there was no choice.  As was discussed in another thread, now it's important for all to understand how much performance work has gone into this client since the public betas...you'll be pleased with the final release.

Business partners and IBMers should mark their calendar for a special Notes/Domino 8 launch salestalk on Tuesday, August 14.  I'm putting together the content for that call now (since I won't be building slideware on the beach).  The team and I will be covering ND8 value propositions, pricing and packaging, marketing plans, and roadmap.  Should be a good call.

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