If you have been reading the blogs or PlanetLotus, you've probably noticed by now that with the most recent beta ("code drop 4") of Notes/Domino 8.5.2, we've lifted the confidentiality veil and given testers the opportunity to blog about what they're seeing.  So far, Erik Brooks has the only detailed entry, writing about a new class, some XPages stuff, and silent server failover.  However, I expect to see more postings this week, as several other bloggers have asked to confirm the new license agreement in CD4 and are planning to share their experiences.

This is also a good opportunity to talk about a change coming in the Domino Designer 8.5.2 license.  When we made Domino Designer free with 8.5.1, one loose end was that you couldn't connect it to a server without having to buy a Domino Enterprise client access license (CAL).  That basically meant it was useful only for kicking the tires.  In Domino Designer 8.5.2, we're clarifying the license to match the original intent -- you will be able to use the free Designer to "develop and test applications in a non-production environment".  In the interim, if you decide to use Domino in the Amazon EC2 cloud, the agreement for that service also allows you to use the free Domino Designer there as well (since the EC2 instance is also restricted to develop/test).

I don't think we've formally announced a ship date for Notes/Domino 8.5.2, but the target is Q3 2010.

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