Lotus officials this week acknowledged putting on hold the public beta test of its forthcoming Notes and Domino Release 5 upgrade until late September, citing a need to shore-up key features of the Notes client interface.
Originally slated for August, the public beta has been pushed back to a new target of late September, causing the IBM subsidiary to reconsider its earlier commitment to ship the upgrade by the end of the year, according to a spokesman.
"In the process of finalising the code, the development organisation decided earlier this week that the beta could use some additional UI work. There are critical features that Lotus wanted to insure were complete before beginning the public beta," said Ted Weismann, Lotus public relations representative.
Lotus in June previewed the beta and last month posted prebeta code online for its business partners and a limited pool of beta test customers.
The decision to hold off was a result of both Lotus' internal review and external feedback, according to Weismann.
"The design goals for the Notes client UI have been very high, and it's just taken a little extra time to make sure critical features are properly functional before releasing the public beta," he said. No features have been dropped from the beta, according to Weismann.