Codenamed Titanium, the latest Microsoft collaboration and e-mail server promises to tighten security within Exchange and simplify backup and recovery.
Microsoft said new features in Titanium include better antivirus and junk mail protections; improved integration with Microsoft's Outlook e-mail software and built-in support for third-party mobile devices. Titanium is also expected to offer unified messaging allowing users to work with voicemail, e-mail and faxes in one window.
Titanium uses the same code used for its predecessor, Exchange 2000, and will not be part of Microsoft's .net product family. Full support for .net will only be available in a future release of Exchange, codenamed "Kodiak".
Jim Bernardo, a project manager with the .net Enterprise Server team at Microsoft, said Kodiak would provide a unified data store for e-mail messages based on technology being developed for the next version of SQL Server (Yukon). No hard release dates are yet for Kodiak and Yukon.
"Kodiak and Yukon really represent the next generation of what we're doing," Bernardo said.
Titanium is scheduled to enter beta testing later this year. The final product is due to ship around the time that Microsoft ships the next version of its Office software in 2003.