Exchange user tools to arrive before upgrade

Microsoft will announce the release date of the next version of its Exchange Server in the first half of 2005, but until the...

Microsoft will announce the release date of the next version of its Exchange Server in the first half of 2005, but until the upgrade arrives users can expect more management tools for existing versions.

Exchange Server senior director Kim Akers said that because of the mission-critical nature of Exchange, Microsoft would continue to make large investments in providing tools for the current and previous versions.

"We want to give customers the capabilities they need now instead of just saying it's coming in the future," Akers said.

Exchange is server software that handles messaging and collaboration capabilities including e-mail, considered one of the most essential functions for most organisations.

The latest version of the software, Exchange Server 2003, was released a year ago. Since then Microsoft has introduced a number of tools to expand the capabilities of the software, including a best practice analyser, which helps fix configuration problems, and an anti-spam tool called Intelligent Message Filter.

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