I had a chance to take a look at TopProducer 8i, the latest version of the contact manager/organizer from the Richmond, British Columbia firm. My thoughts from a laymen's perspective.
The product is now released and not in Beta anymore. The company intends to do a slow rollout from 7i to 8i by June. You can get an earlier release of it if you call the Customer Service number and get on their list : 866-230-4789
While designed for Realtors I understand this contact manager like ACT! or Outlook could be used by insurance agents, Stagers, or anyone with a large sphere of influence that they want to organize emails, drip campaigns, calendars, and marketing materials around.
The two main pluses over 7i from users are it has no Java scripting issues (any browser will work) and there is a back button at the bottom of the screen to go back and forth. You also don't have to go between so many screens.
The centralized home page is uniform now with "landing" pages for things like calendar, contacts, listings, marketing letters-email-flyers, and email. Things are much simplified like little things like typing in a whole name rather than last, first, middle initial. Contact types are check boxes or user defined rather than scrolling through a list. The TopProducer Campus on the main web site has more training materials than in the past. The problems with mass emails to Yahoo or AOL addresses looking like spam also supposedly have been worked out with the servers at those companies.
With mobility, Windows Mobile is newly supported along with already Treos, and eventually the iPhone.
I'll let all the techies on the board talk about every bell and whistle difference but overall a sharper and more crisper 8i looks like a great upgrade if you are using 7i, and it is free to upgrade.