As promised, IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5 with many improvements and fundamental changes of the underlying technology has been released today and is downloadable from IBM Passport Advantage and IBM Partnerworld.
Detailed system requirements are described here and IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5 Information Center is also already online. If you look at the Sametime 8.5 server architecture, you’ll get an impression, how much fun it will be to install the Sametime 8.5 environment.
IBM announced the electronic software delivery for IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5 for December 22, 2009 (christmas surprise?) in the announcement letter “IBM Lotus Sametime Entry and Standard 8.5 make unified communications simple and effective“.
Beside major changes in the underlying technology (Websphere, Websphere, not Domino, Websphere, DB2 and erm, yes, Websphere) Sametime 8.5 will contain many significant changes like
“Why there are so many updates just before vacation? The users cannot work during their holidays!”