Microsoft has released the first public beta versions of Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange Server.
The software giant touted improvements in the Exchange Server 2007 groupware suite including beefed up security, remote and mobile access, compliance management and unified messaging.
Forefront Security for Exchange Server, the next generation of Microsoft Antigen for Exchange released in early June, is designed to provide protection against viruses, worms and spam.
It is the first product available under the recently announced Microsoft Forefront brand for business security products.
Dave Thompson, corporate vice president of the Exchange Business Unit at Microsoft, claimed that releasing the "feature complete" betas shows that the firm is entering the "home stretch" before delivering production code.
The offering features "anywhere access" to email, voice mail, calendars and contacts from a variety of clients and mobile devices.
As part of Microsoft's global efforts, Exchange Server 2007 will support 11 languages, including new support for Brazilian Portuguese and Russian.
General availability for Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange Server is scheduled for late 2006 or early 2007.
Both products will be available through Microsoft's Volume Licensing programme and worldwide partner channel.
Forefront Security for Exchange Server will be available as a standalone product or as part of the Exchange Enterprise Client Access Licence package.
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