Microsoft has launched a second beta version of its forthcoming Exchange Server 2007 e-mail system.
The release is accompanied by a beta version of Forefront Security for Exchange Server, the first product launched in Microsoft’s new Forefront business security line.
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Exchange Server 2007 beta 2 is feature-complete and includes enhanced protection to improve e-mail reliability, management tools aimed at reducing the cost of running messaging environments, new mobility features and unified messaging capabilities.
But last month Microsoft confirmed that the new unified messaging and anti-virus features would cost businesses more to implement. Firms will have to pay a higher client access license fee for each PC that connects to the server.
Businesses wanting only the core calendar, contacts and email features will be offered a standard client access licence at the same price as those for the current Exchange 2003 platform.
Forefront Security for Exchange Server is designed to provide additional protection against viruses, worms and spam.
It offers coordinated scanning across edge, hub and mail servers and allows centralised management of remote installation, engine and signature updating, reporting and alerts through a management console.
The final release of Exchange Server 2007 is expected late this year or in early 2007.
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