Microsoft puts out first Exchange 12 beta

By Derek Sooman on December 15, 2005, 2:24 PM
The future of e-mail on Microsoft servers takes a leap forward today when the first beta of Microsoft's latest Exchange server will be released. Version 12 of the Exchange server software will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, although a full migration to 64-bit is in progress. The beta in question is a private beta only, released to 1,400 customers and partners worldwide. It is not inclusive of all of the new features that will comprise the final release, but itís pretty close. There are three major goals to this new Exchange server: to give sysadmins more control; allow users to have more access to their inbox, and; provide increased security for Exchange servers.

Exchange 12 will have unified messaging, previously only available through third-party products, and users can also have calendar appointments read to them through the service.

Security enhancements include a new third-party anti-virus API, plus a new attachment-filtering feature that can prohibit certain types of attachments from leaving or entering the network.

Beta 2 of Exchange 12 is expected sometime in mid-2006. The final version is expected in early-to-mid 2007.

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simeonp said:
More and more complicated...Better off with hosted exchange, like [url][/url]Otherw
se, good luck!
mentaljedi said:
Sounds interesting but it's still pretty far away. We can expect more news like this to appear as we head into the new year. Seems everything is leaping forwards with the new 3G consoles and next year or so Windows Vista, seems like we're getting ready for some good stuff! (If you can afford it that is!)
Masque said:
They're getting a pretty solid product together....the filtering is a major player for corporate networks...currently a 3rd party is supplying ours, but Exchange 2003 has some remarkable controls now that really help.
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