Important features of WebFOCUS 8 include:
- Unified Architecture and New Security Model
- Migration Tools to upgrade from WebFOCUS 7.6 and 7.7
- Business Intelligence Portal to replace the BI Dashboard
- Tools Consolidation and Unification of User Interfaces for ribbon-style GUIs
- Lots of enhancements and improvements to existing features such as:
- InfoAssist End-User Ad Hoc tool
- Mobile BI for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices
- Reporting Server Core Technology and Adapters
- RESTful Web Services API and Adapter
- Developer Studio
- Magnify output feature for easier integration with WebFOCUS and Search
- New RStat applications
The announcement does talk about "Developer Studio" instead of calling it "Application Studio" as IBI had announced at Summit 2012. I also noticed that support statements and other types of documentation still use the old name, so I will have to investigate where the proposed new "Application Studio" moniker has gone.
10/11/12 Update: Glance at IBI's formal list of products and you will see it includes an active link to the Developer Studio page, but the Application Studio link is inactive with a comment of "Coming Soon" implying that WebFOCUS 8 did not include the new Application Studio. It is quite possible that brand new component was the culprit delaying everything (we know that the Core Report Server 8 was ready to go and actually released as 7.7.04; we were waiting on some front-end pieces).
Later Update: Actually, WebFOCUS 8 may not really be available to the general public. Unlike other releases, you cannot just download a copy yourself from Information Builders' TechSupport site. Instead, there is a comment to call your local office to discuss getting the upgrade. This implies there is a "controlled" release of WebFOCUS 8 to existing customers. Why, you ask? Well, there must be something in the implementation process with which the vendor wants to help you.