Microsoft will drop its Kodiak codename for the next-generation release of Exchange Server, instead shifting strategy to release individual improvements as they are ready, according to company executives in San Diego at TechEd 2004.
"The Kodiak name was used to represent a whole set of technologies. We will deliver those technology pieces not in a single release, but as soon as possible," said Microsoft senior director Kim Akers.
Pieces that were expected in the Kodiak release, which was due around 2006, include the forthcoming Yukon relational data store technology, enhanced security, mobility improvements, and 64-bit support.
First up in the accelerated release schedule will be Exchange Edge Services, expected next year as part of the Service Pack 2 release. Edge Services builds on the anti-spam capabilities in Microsoft's Intelligent Message Filter technology (IMF), providing additional security features such as content filtering, support for message caller ID (to prevent spoofing), and IP safe lists. Exchange Edge Services will create an extensible platform for third-party suppliers to build upon.
"Over the past couple of years the e-mail environment has changed significantly: We've seen a dramatic increase in viruses, spam, remote users and devices," Akers said. "Because of this changing environment and increased spam, we will deliver these components as soon as possible."
Also in 2005 as part of the same Service Pack, Microsoft will release a set of best practice analysis tools designed to help users analyse how they deploy and architect an Exchange environment.
Other capabilities on the Exchange roadmap include enhanced calendaring, e-mail lifecycle management features for regulatory compliance, mobility improvements, Longhorn server support, 64-bit support, bolstered web services and Web Parts integration, and support for Windows Server System engineering criteria.
Cathleen Moore writes for InfoWorld