As Ed Brill has already told you, the "beta 2" (also called "public" beta) should be available early next week. Watch this website.
Once this beta is available, I'll post lots and lots of pictures to this blog, and I'll also assume that MOST of you are downloading and installing the beta (tell me if you are not!!)
We'll see how things develop. My assumption is that this blog might become LESS active as most of the conversation will move to the feedback forum (url to be posted soon.). But we'll see.
Internally today I have seen messages such as the following:
Notes 8 Beta 2 FVT Sign Off Complete - WHAHOOO!! <eom> (from our project manager)
"As of 4:05 PM today, the Hannover, Activities, Designer, and Instant Messaging FVT (functional verification test) teams have exited the Final Regression test phase for Notes 8 Beta 2.
Congratulations to all of the test teams, and those who have supported their effort, in meeting the goals of this very aggressive schedule and achieving this critical milestone." (from our test lead.)
I'm actually getting all choked up. It's exciting and scary... one thing I know for sure.. we're all in this together. This is a TERRIFIC community and I can count on you to give me both the good and the bad information that will ultimately make this a better product.