So far, readers like you simply get little glimpses of the new Hannover user interface from blogs like mine, and from press coverage (and Ed Brill and Alan Lepofsky of course). For the past several months, we've had a pre-beta of Hannover out to several Design partner customers, and several hundred people have deployed it internally at IBM.
Our user studies team did a round of usability testing on new mail, calendar and contacts features, and on the three IBM productivity tools (word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tool) as well. (We tried using participants who signed up in the participant database, but it was tough-- we are looking for business end users who use Outlook, Eudora or some OTHER mail besides Notes, to come participate in our testing. If you know such people, have them register! https://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/usentry.nsf/register?openform )
We've gone over the test results with the user studies team, and have begun making some modifications to our designs.
We plan to have a public beta sometime later this year. During that time, we'll have many more external users, and I'll be at liberty to post many more screenshots. The user studies team plans to do several more rounds of testing, and we may try some new ways to gather feedback (typically, beta testers report bugs, but do not often report on design and usability issues).
And by the time our yearly Lotusphere conference rolls around in January, we'll all be using the public beta, I hope, and you-all can give me one last round of suggestions.
So, just a quick process overview tonight.