You would like to know when the 8.5.x versions of IBM Notes, IBM Domino, IBM Enterprise Integrator for Domino, and related products will reach End of Service/Support (EOS). In addition, you would like to know what is the last maintenance release of 8.5.x.
The EOS date for these products has not been planned. Based on IBM's commitment outlined at the IBM Software Support Lifecyle Policy, 8.5.x versions of Notes, Domino, Enterprise Integrator for Domino and related products will not reach EOS before September 2016.
8.5.3 was the last planned maintenance release in the 8.5.x code stream and no 8.5.4 maintenance release is planned. Additionally, 8.5.3 Fix Pack 6 in December of 2013 was the last Fix Pack for 8.5.3. IBM will continue to provide Interim Fixes for 8.5.3 Fix Pack 6 where feasible, but we strongly encourage customers to examine the benefits of moving up to the latest Notes/Domino 9.x release or to examine our Cloud offerings such as IBM Verse. All planned content for 8.5.4 was included in Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition.
IBM recommends customers still running releases prior to Notes/Domino 9.0.1 to upgrade. Aside from the great features introduced, the cryptographic infrastructure introduced in Notes/Domino 9.0 has allowed us to implement more modern security functionality such as SHA-2 and TLS 1.2. These technologies are important for modern secure communication and are incompatible with releases prior to Notes/Domino 9.0.
Our plan remains to continue producing both maintenance releases and/or Fix Packs for Notes and Domino 9.0.x. The increased focus on the 9.x code stream will allow us to address issues from the rapidly expanding adopters of Notes/Domino 9.0.1 Social Edition.
Notes/Domino 9.0.1 Social Edition is the recommended release for our clients. It offers a smooth upgrade path for customers to gain new and enhanced functionality, and additional fixes. It provides increased productivity, a modern rich user experience, significant single sign-on enhancements, and much more. You can read the announcement letter on 9.0 and 9.0.1 for full details on these exciting releases.
Any official EOS date for 8.5.x will be announced a minimum of 24 months prior to an EOS date.
IBM Support Lifecycle
Update on plans for Lotus Notes and Domino 8.0.x mainte
Notes/Domino Update Status page
Upgrade Central: Planning your upgrade to IBM Notes/Dom
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