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Beta of Exchange 2007 available for download

Cliff Saran

Users can now download the public beta 2 release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the next version of the Exchange e-mail server and Microsoft's new Forefront Security software.

The e-mail server, due for release in early 2007, offers improvements to security, remote and mobile access, compliance management and unified messaging, Microsoft said.

Forefront Security for Exchange Server aims to provide protection against viruses, worms and spam, and is the first product available under the recently announced Micro­soft Forefront brand for business security products.

Exchange Server 2007 includes information rights management, designed to help protect the confidentiality of messages travelling within the enterprise.

It can also make the most of server consolidation and improved storage efficiency by taking advantage of the extended memory and larger caches available on x64 systems.

Microsoft has also worked on what it claims is a more efficient routing algorithm to enable Exchange Server 2007 to make better use of bandwidth.

According to Microsoft, Exchange Server 2007 has improved data replication, which it said would limit the need and frequency for tape back-up.

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