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Microsoft Releases Final Version Of Exchange Server 2007 SP1

SP1 features improved support for Windows Server 2008, tighter integration with Office Communications Server 2007, and better mobile device security management.

Microsoft on Thursday released the first major update to its Exchange Server 2007 e-mail, messaging, and voice platform.

Service Pack 1 For Exchange Server 2007 features a number of enhancements, including improved support for Windows Server 2008, tighter integration with Office Communications Server 2007, and better mobile device security management, Microsoft said.

SP1 is also designed to improve the reliability and performance of Outlook Web Access and add beefed up disaster recovery services through a feature called Standby Continuous Replication, according to the company.

The release of the first service pack for Exchange Server 2007 comes one year after Microsoft originally released the product. The software maker claims that more than 3,000 companies -- representing more than 1 million users -- have ditched their existing e-mail and messaging systems in favor of the new platform.

Microsoft said SP1 for Exchange Server is fully vetted and ready for production environments. More than 270,000 IT workers tested the beta version of the product under the company's Technology Adoption Program.

Along with the service pack for Exchange Server, Microsoft on Thursday also released SP1 for its Forefront Security package -- an anti-virus, anti-spam system for Exchange Server.

Microsoft needs to keep its e-mail offerings current, as it's facing increased competition from non-traditional rivals like Google. Earlier this year, Google introduced an enterprise version of its Google Apps suite -- which features a host of Web-based messaging and productivity tools for businesses.

InformationWeek reported on Wednesday that the state of California may outsource e-mail services for up to 250,000 state workers to either Google or Microsoft.

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