After taking a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, the Engage conference roared back to life at the end of May with an amazing event full of information and fun. As in the last 3 years, HCL prepared a number of great reveals for the conference. 


HCL is changing its version naming from numbers to names


Maybe to avoid naming the next version of HCL Domino v13, maybe for some other reasons, HCL will be naming the next releases of Domino after rivers. Domino 12.0.2 will be tentatively called Danube, after the second longest river in Europe and will have a release in the fall of 2022. Then, Domino Thames is planned to follow in 2023, and Domino Rio Grande will be out in 2024.


Future Sametime versions will be named after mountain ranges: Eifel, then Lorenzo, then Petros. Connections versions will be named after trees, beginning with Cedar.


This future roadmap is designed in part to prepare for the future end of service for V9 and 10 in 2024.  More on the recent announcement from HCL HERE.


Domino “Danube” will be out in the last quarter of 2022


Domino was definitely given its due by HCL by both acknowledgement of its continued longevity, reliability and performance, as well as commitment to making it even greater through continuing investment in product development. 

The upcoming Q4 release is focused around these 3 key areas: 

  • Better-looking apps
  • Enhanced mail security
  • Easy meeting scheduling 


Better-looking apps with “Project Restyle” 

HCL is launching “Project Restyle” to make your existing apps UI more modern without touching the core logic behind the apps. With this new capability you’ll get a fast way to update colors and themes throughout one or multiple Domino applications at once. In a live demo during the session you could see an old and outdated UI spruced up into a more clean and modern appearance in just a few clicks.


Enhanced mail security

While Domino mail security has been historically outstanding compared to some other enterprise mail platforms (cough, Exchange), it continues to evolve and improve, especially with  some new updates to Domino natively. 


  • ICAP Support enables server-based antivirus protection
  • DKIM inbound ensures emails are not altered in transit between the sending and recipient server
  • SPF (Sender Policy Framework) coupled with DMARC, provides protection against email spoofing used in phishing and spam


Ultimately, all these improvements are meant not just to provide stronger security, but also improve deployment and protocols.  Some of the other security improvements Danube is expected to deliver:


  • OpenSSL will be upgraded to a version 3.0.x
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliance
  • Support for ECDSA based client certificates.
  • A default 256 bit AES encryption for databases
  • DAOS encryption Manager 
  • Improvements to Web only ID Vault users to allow a recertification without a client

Easy meeting scheduling  

With Domino Danube you will be able to look up free time on your co-workers calendars, regardless of whether they use Domino, Exchange or O365. Yes, Danube will provide bidirectional freetime lookups to/from Domino/Office365. Initially, this interoperability will only be available for O365, not Exchange on premise. This continues the effort on HCL’s part to make Notes mail meaningfully co-exist with other major email and calendar options in the marketplace, which certainly makes things so much easier from the standpoint of the real picture of the market out there.


Danube Early Access program


Importantly, the early access to Danube drop 1 is already out on Flexnet. Just like with the open betas for v12, HCL is following the same process of giving Domino users the ability to test drive the product updates, as they are happening, and give feedback on it. There will be five different full betas with monthly releases from May 25th through September.  


Here’s more about what to expect in this first drop and how to sign up for the beta.


Project KEEP is back, with an open beta 


HCL Domino REST API (a.k.a., Project Keep), provides secure REST API access to HCL Domino databases and servers for coding, making it more accessible to more people.  If you’re interested in getting early access, read HCL’s  announcements on  Domino REST API


While this project was shelved for a while, it seems that HCL is listening to its user community. A Domino REST API has been much anticipated and having it back in the works is definitely an exciting development. Early access to KEEP is now available. You can read HERE more about the project and how to join the beta.



Volt MX Go: a new multiexperience low-code platform


HCL timed another launch to the Engage conference: that of Volt MX Go, which is both the multiexperience low-code platform and a way to extend investments in your Domino apps into mobile, web and wearable experiences. Volt MX Go uses a new language VoltScript, which is compatible with LotusScript. 


To demo this new push towards the low-code, a German engineering company Voessing showcased how they were able to extend their field service app built on Domino with Volt MX Go. This new application has added capabilities to their Domino app to enable capture and annotation of the pictures of the equipment they take during inspections, all while also pulling location and compass info from the metadata to simplify their processes.


While the current naming seems confusing, with Domino Volt, Volt MX, and now Volt MX Go, HCL has plans to solve that with naming changes to Domino Volt to come to easily differentiate between them. In the near future, Domino Volt will become Domino Leap

There are many more exciting developments with Nomad, Verse, Sametime,  and other HCL products. We will be covering those, as well as the more in-depth look at Danube, in separate posts.

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