This week is a big announcement week for XPages: 1. IBM XWork Server, 2. IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5.3.

IBM XWork Server

Yesterday Ed Brill introduced the new IBM XWork Server.

Tomorrow IBM will announce IBM XWork Server 8.5.3. The new server is part of the IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.3 family, but with a completely different licensing approach, different branding, and different packaging (installer). The new IBM XWork Server will be available for ordering tomorrow, and the software release is scheduled for Friday, October 7, in English.

Read Ed's blog for more information and the announcement letter.

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IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5.3

Today IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5.3 was announced. Read the announcement letter and Ed's blog.

There are several key extensions to XPages as you can read in the announcement letter or on my blog.

Another highlight for XPages developers is the entitlement to some functionality in IBM Connections:

Entitlement to IBM Connections Files and Profiles, for no additional charge, allows you to tap into the knowledge of networks of professionals with a single click. This helps users to quickly find skills within their organization and to easily share content with other people and remove the need to send large files through email.

Developers can start building XPages applications accessing Connections easily via the image on the IBM SmartCloud and the new Social Enabler.

There is also a Taking Notes podast with Ed Brill and Peter Janzen about the new XWork Server and the new 8.5.3 functionality. One of the key statements (34:30 mins) in this podcast comes from Ed Brill: "This [XPages] is our key application development strategy within the [IBM] Collobartions Solutions team".

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