IBM has announced Notes/Domino 8.5.1 on 6-Oct-09 and general availability that is electronic download will be available from 12-Oct-09.
What is more important with this release then pure technology is the new IBM Business / Marketing strategy, which contains following 3 action items:
1.) The IBM Lotus Designer will be free: As per IBM it is the biggest value add, as the list price of Designer client is US$864 and Maintenance renewal cost is US$200, which will be free now onwards.
2.) New CAL Base licensing for Users: Till now the base of licensing was what kind of client customers are using i.e. Notes, iNotes/DWA, Mobile, but now onwards there will be only 2 kind of licenses , (i) Enterprise CAL (ii) Messaging CAL .
Based on above licensing customer will be able to use any kind of clients like Notes, iNotes/DWA, Mobile, Traveler etc.
3.) Availability of Lotus Mobile Connect: Now onwards Lotus Mobile Connect will be available to users based on their Enterprise OR Messaging CAL license.
Following is the table which describes what will be available under which license: