It's the holiday season, and I brought you a present a little early.
This morning, we posted the public release of IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition beta. I've been running this build for a couple of weeks, and it's singing to me.
According to a survey of our Design Partner Program, two-thirds of the Notes/Domino Design Partners plan to deploy the new Social Edition release within three months of eGA. It may say 9, but this is anything but a "dot zero" release.
For many of you, this is the first opportunity to actually check out IBM's investment in this new beta: modernized UI, embedded experiences and OpenSocial, activity streams, improvements in mail and calendar, the "Discover" page to guide users, the Notes browser plug-in, Domino SAML support, Traveler updates for Windows Phone support, and much more. I hope you'll share some of the excitement of the participants in our IBM Notes and Domino Social Edition webcast last month: Scott Souder, Lance Spellman, Daniel Lieber, and Eric Peterson.
If you are not already registered for public beta, visit http://bit.ly/ND9BETA . To provide feedback and access additional resources, visit the beta feedback forum on ibm.com developerWorks.
There are so many great new features in this release... I would be hard-pressed to pick just one, but in the new public beta build, I love that when you finish with replying or forwarding a mail, the original closes as well. One less click. I love that calendar entry updates auto-process, without having to always click "update calendar." I love that the toolbar only shows up in edit mode, since I almost never have a reason to use it in read or view mode. Clean. Simple. More intuitive. Notes 9.0 Social Edition beta delivers.