IBM's press release on Notes/Domino 8.5.1 beta has been published onthe newswire, including news that Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.1 beta supports the iPhone via Exchange ActiveSync:
Although iPhone users can already access Notes e-mail via IBM Lotus iNotes Ultra-Light,today's ActiveSync support will mean push access to the popular software including the ability to view Notes mail, calendar and contacts data when not connected on the iPhone.
As Brent Peters and Ed Brill announced at Lotusphere, IBM have added the Exchange ActiveSync protocol to Lotus Notes Traveler in the new 8.5.1 beta. Initially, IBM are configuring and testing that for the iPhone (andiPod Touch) 2.0 software. The functionality is similar to the existing Lotus Notes Traveler capabilities for Windows Mobile and Symbian-based devices.
The 8.5.1 beta went out to hundreds of Notes/Domino design partners just a few hours ago (they know it as "code drop 5"). A managed beta follows later this quarter. IBM plans to ship 8.5.1 later in 2009. For those interested in testing the iPhone piece specifically, it will be available via the Lotus Greenhouse within a week -- target isFriday, May 15.
The Notes/Domino 8.5.1 beta has many other additional features, including support for XPages in the Lotus Notesclient, new LotusScript and Java editors in Domino Designer, andincremental usability Notes improvements. IBM willl be publishing moredetails about 8.5.1 as the beta progresses, and head towards availability in the second half of 2009.