A few links which are worth a read for those of you still keeping half an eye on the world of Notes/Domino (i.e. not you Doug!).
Notes 8.5 – ignore the incredibly descriptive page title, this post contains a nice summary of some of the new features in Notes 8.5.
How do you like the DDE? – DDE being Domino Designer on Eclipse. Read the comments for a good cross section of opinion on the updated designer client.
What's new in Lotus Notes 8.5? – Official IBM technote, which is the usual overly verbose IBM document. They get points for constantly churning out great human readable URLs: