For lots of customers who have invested in Domino applications it is very good news. Less need to move away to other products.
IBM will be organising jams, to define the future of the product. It is a great opportunity to show interest in the product and what you think is most important in the product. Sign up know to keep informed.
My thoughts about the way forward
I am a developer and nowadays develop mostly outside the ICS space, I have some thoughts to get back.
Lotusscript is nice but will not move the product forward. Deprecate is, so the application is still backwards compatible, but stop investing time in a newer version. It makes the product not compatible with other products.
Cut the wire
As soon as possible, remove the relation between the Notes Client and the Domino Designer. This relationship slows down the big steps forward the Domino Designer needs.
No fat client
Who needs a fat client, in my opinion there is less need of a fat client, like the Notes Client. Most of customers can do their business with a web based solution. So give most love to the Domino Designer and Admin and NOT the Notes Client. Migrate it your self of use the Aveedo or Darwino
Make the Designer flexible
Make the the Domino Designer available as flexible as possible. For example available as a Eclipse or IntelliJ plugin. And of course remove the restriction to run the Domino Designer needs Windows.
So lots of things to improve, hope to see you at the jam, in person or virtual.
Lets jam and make the future bright again.