After A Long Wait, IBM Ships Notes/Domino 8

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IBM also disclosed pricing for Notes/Domino 8, starting at a suggested retail price of $101 per client and a browser-based alternative of $73 per user for IBM Domino WebAccess clients. Lotus Domino server software pricing starts at $14.75 per processor value unit (based on an IBM formula for calculating software prices based on processor performance). Lotus Domino Express solutions for small and midsize businesses start at a suggested retail price of $99 per user.

"We have a bunch of customers that are already working on production applications based on the beta code," said John Head, framework manager with PSC Group, a Schaumburg, Ill., solution provider and Notes/Domino reseller. Release 8 "is a big deal for us," he said, noting that the software runs on Windows and Linux and, through its Eclipse-based programming model, offers the ability to create composite "mashup" applications.

The software also offers a completely new look and feel. "I think the whole user interface overhaul is going to really help with customer adoption," Head added.

The new release supports Windows, including Vista, and Linux, while a Macintosh version will begin beta testing later this year, according to Mike Rhodin, general manager of IBM Lotus Software. The new software also offers document editors in the standard Open Document Format. Those capabilities, as well as a dashboard view of recently sent e-mail and chat sessions, move Notes beyond e-mail to become more of an activity management system, according to IBM.

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