IBM has announced that the IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino 8 public beta will start next month.
This is the final beta phase before the products’ target shipping date of mid-2007.
Version 8 of the Lotus Notes e-mail client and Domino e-mail server will deliver standards-based document editors, a Real Simple Syndication (RSS) editor and composite application support.
Lotus Notes 8 customers can also easily link to other Lotus portfolio components such as social, collaborative content management, and unified communications software.
News of the beta came at this week’s annual Lotusphere user conference in Orlando, where the firm also announced the launch of its first social networking software for enterprises, mimicking the consumer offerings from the likes of MySpace and Facebook.
Email enhancements in Notes will increase productivity and avoid information overload, said IBM.
Features include “Recent Contacts” and “Message Recall.” With Recent Contacts, users will get a one-click, dashboard view of recently sent emails and chats to quickly locate a key contact.
The Message Recall feature will let users quickly recall an email message after it has been sent by mistake, saving a user from a potential conflict or miscommunication situation.
In Notes 8, customers will also be able to use productivity editors that support the Open Document Format (ODF) at no additional cost, giving them access to crucial office tools without the cost of a separate license.
With IBM Productivity Editors users can create, edit, and save a variety of documents in ODF format, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents.
The productivity editors also allow a user to import and export supported file formats used by Microsoft Office and Open Office file formats, edit those files and save them in either the original format or as ODF documents.