After two years on the drawing board, IBM has released Lotus Notes 8 and Domino 8.
IBM claims that the software is "more than email" and could be the next "killer app".
Lotus Notes 8 is a client software designed to carry out traditional email functions and extensions to that functionality.
This version is supposed to make normal email navigation by allowing email threads to be dragged from the inbox to other folders with one operation.
A side panel allows Eclipse based plug-in can be integrated.
There is also n integrated chat/IM and a Google map to locate email contacts, a custom application launcher and a "day at a glance" calendar function.
It also allows a Google search within the application.
IBM thinks that these changes, along with those in its server-side collaboration software, Domino 8, will help businesses share information better.
"Lotus Notes 8 has a suggested retail price of $101 per client. Domino Web Access clients are $73 per user.