IBM Lotus has announced that the official "end-of-life" date for Lotus Notes and Domino Release 5 will be September 30, 2005.
Following that date, software maintenance, phone support, electronic support and software program fixes for R5 and all its point releases will no longer be available from IBM Lotus.
Originally scheduled to be retired in April 2005, the product's life was extended to allow customers more time to upgrade to the most current release of the Notes/Domino product set.
Version 5.0.13 was initially released in March. However, a day after its release, Domino Server 5.0.13 was pulled back because of reports that the server would crash following certain event notifications regarding changes to the Access Control List on the Domino Directory. A remedied version of Domino, 5.0.13a, was released in April.
The R5 product line is expected to be gradually withdrawn from the market as soon as this fall. Lotus has already announced that it will retire most R5 certification exams at the end of November.