Just got word today from the team at greenhouse.lotus.com that a beta of the next release of Lotus Connections, which is now called 3.0, is being put on greenhouse.lotus.com on the this weekend. Very nice. Below is a snippet from the newsletter.
"Starting Friday August 6th we will begin our upgrade and migration of Lotus Connections 2.5 to Lotus Connections 3.0. The Lotus Connections services will not be available from Friday August 6th at 8:00 AM until it comes back online Tuesday August 10th."