Just so you know, last night I saw the first bits of D6.5 on the download site. The entire core stack is out. If you are a partner, you may not see some components as they are fixing some of the entitlements. I expect that to be fixed quickly. [Edit 8/5/2008: Fixed.] Share and enjoy.
Also, D7 is slated for Q4 2009. This is on schedule for 18 months after D6.5, as their strategy for releases dictates.
The upcoming CenterStage beta is part of the D6.5 marketing spiel. Today I attended a CenterStage (formerly Magellan) web cast for partners. A lot of confirmation of past information from ECM World. They are still aiming for CenterStage to work with D6, though sp1 is required. That isn’t a problem as deploying a release without the first service pack is asking for trouble.
There was a slide comparing SharePoint and CenterStage with a focus how CenterStage is not designed to replace SharePoint. They listed features that SharePoint had that CenterStage did not have. The biggest point is that SharePoint is a portal while CenterStage is not. CenterStage is a collaboration system only, with limited customization capabilities with the initial release. Funny thing about the slide, the SharePoint “check-marks” were a red “X” and CenterStage had a green check.
The Beta is only a month away and I am ready to go.