We'd like this release to really take CiviMail to the next level - so we'd like to hear from folks who are currently using the component and have additional feedback about things we can do to make it better. We can't promise to get all your ideas into the release of course - but we suspect there's some really easy changes that will polish things up. As usual, patches and VERY SPECIFIC suggestions are most warmly received. :-)
Check out the full list of open and resolved issues for 1.9 here before sending in your ideas (we may have been clever enough to have anticipated some things):
The release schedule for v1.9 is currently being determined. We expect to have an alpha release before the end of the month. Unfortunately this means that our release schedule for 2.0 will slip a few weeks.
A special thanks to Shane Hill and UAS for the much needed push to make CiviMail robust and easier to use for smaller orgs.